research projects at the Department of Archaeology

Forthcoming Projects

  • “Dinosaur and hominin research”, with Berlin Nature Museum and Zenckenberg Museum affiliated with Johanne Wolfgang University


Current Projects

  • Searching for Metropolis of Rhapta:Cooperating with Thanda Tanzania Ltd to research on Rufiji and Mafia on possible location of the Metropolis of Rhapta.
  • Devising conservation strategies and sustainable use of colonial heritage assets in Tanzania: the case of German colonial buildings in Bagamoyo, Rufiji and Kilwa districts. A one-year project funded by Gerda Henkel Foundation.
  • The impacts of Ngoni migration to southern Tanzania: a multidisciplinary study. A one-year project funded jointly by the University of Dar es Salaam and National Geographic Society.
  • UrithiWetu Project, kindly visit his webpage at
  • Sustainable Preservation and Community Development in Kaole.
  • Realizing Economics and Preservation of Heritage through Community-based Tourism.
  • Archaeological Metallurgy in Zambia.
  • Conservation of Metallurgical Sites in Sumbawanga, SW Tanzania.
  • Total Pipeline Project.
  • Archaeological Metallurgy of Tanzania.
  • Investigating the Archaeology of Colonial encounter on The Tanzania coast from 16th to 19th century AD.
  • Palaeoanthropological Research in Olduvai Gorge, Northern Tanzania, titled: Stone tools, Diet, and Sociality at the Dawn of Humanity.



Past/Completed Projects

  • African Archaeology Network which dealt with past urbanization and human responses to environmental change being of 13 African countries.
  • Archaeological investigation of the consequences of the 19th c. caravan trade on human environment and subsistence strategies in southern Tanzania. A three-year project funded by Volkswagen Foundation.
  • International (German) Market for African Community-based Tourism, conducted in Germany, supported by theWorld Academy of Science (TWAS)-DFG Cooperation Visit Award at ZENAT Centre of Sustainable Tourism, Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development, in 2018.
  • A Postdoctoral Research Project entitled “Local community and heritage tourismification in Tanzania”supported by the University of Johannesburg, in 2018.
  • Co-Principal Investigator in the investigation of the development of cultural heritage tourism in Dar es Salaam City Centre, Funded by World Bank Project and University of Dar es Salaam, 2013.
  • Archaeological Investigation of Early Swahili Burial Practices at Pangani Bay on the Northern Tanzania Coast (Postdoctoral Project- African Humanities Program (AHP), 2016- 2017
  • Archaeological investigations on the transition from Later Stone Age to the Iron Age in the Singida region-central Tanzania, 2009-2010;
  • Survey, Documentation, Recording and Management strategies for rock art of Singida East, 2013 to 2017.
  • Research on the evolution of modern humans in Iringa Region, southern Tanzania, 2011-2013
  • Cultural Heritage Impact Assessment (CHIA) in relation to climate change and biodiversity in Rungwe district, Mbeya region, 2010-11
  • Archeological survey and documentation of Rock Arts of Iringa region, southern Tanzania, 2011-2016