Dr Elgidius B Ichumbaki

BA, MA, PhD (Dar)



Ichumbaki joined the department in 2009 as a tutorial assistant and became a lecturer in 2015 after successful completion of his PhD from the Universities of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) and Roskilde (Denmark). His PhD thesis on ‘Perceptions on values and uses of built heritage assets of the East African coast’ reflects his competence in teaching and researching in the field of heritage management, conservation and tourism.


Research Interests

Ichumbaki’s research interests focus on monumental ruins and historic buildings and the way these can help us understand socio-cultural transformations that have taken place over the last millennium. In line with the 2030 United Nations Agenda on Sustainable Development Goals and “Agenda 2063, the Africa We Want”,Ichumbaki undertakes projects that aims to raise public awareness on heritage and how to use such assets as alternative ways to deliver outputs toward improved local livelihoods.


Current and Completed Projects

To learn more about Ichumbaki’s past and present projects, kindly visit his webpage at



Ichumbaki, E. B. and Mjema, E. 2018. “The Impact of Small-Scale Development Projects on Archaeological Heritage in Africa: The Tanzanian Experience.” Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites 2(1): 18-34. DOI:

Biginagwa, T. G. andIchumbaki, E.B.2018. “Settlement History of the Islands on the Pangani River, North-Eastern Tanzania.” Azania: Archaeological Research in Africa 53(1): 63-82. DOI:

Ichumbaki, E.B.and Bertram Mapunda, 2017.Challenges of Retaining Integrity of World Heritage Sites in Africa: A Case of the Ruins of KilwaKisiwani and Ruins of SongoMnara Sites, Tanzania.” Azania: Archaeological Research in Africa 52(4): 518-539. DOI:

Ichumbaki, E.B.2016. A History of Built Heritage Conservation along the Swahili Coast in Tanzania. Journal of African Historical Review, 42(2): 43-67. DOI:

Masao, F.T., Ichumbaki, E.B., Cherin, M., Barili, A., Boschian, G., Iurino, D.A., Menconero, S., Moggi-Cecchi, J. and Manzi, G. 2016. “New Footprints from Laetoli (Tanzania) Provide Evidence for Marked Body Size Variation in Early Hominins.” Elife.

Pollard, E. D. J., Bates, R., Ichumbaki, E.B., Bita, C. 2016. Shipwrecks Evidence from Kilwa, Tanzania. International Journal of Nautical Archaeology 45(2): 352-369.

Pollard, E. and Ichumbaki, E.B. 2016. Why Land Here? Ports and Harbors in Southeast Tanzania in the Early Second Millennium AD. Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology, 12(4): 459-489.

Ichumbaki, E.B. and E. Pollard. 2015. Potsherds Coated with Lime Mortar along the East African Coast: Their Origin and Significance. Journal of African Archaeological Review 32(3): 443–463.

Ogola, C. A., Asrat, A., Rucina, S. and Ichumbaki, E. B. 2015. Equatorial Eastern Africa: Quaternary Climate Change and Variability. Quaternary International 369(1), pp. 1–2.

Ichumbaki, E.B. 2014. Archaeological and Ethnographic Evidence for the Historic Consumption of Fish and Shellfish along the Coast of East Africa in Tanzania. Journal of Indian Ocean Archaeology 10(1), pp. 1–18.

Ichumbaki, E.B. 2013. Linking Cultural Heritage and Eco–Tourism in Tanzania: Reflections from a New Cultural Heritage Policy of 2008. The Eastern African Journal of Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism 1(1), pp. 34-44.