Excavating the History of Archaeology in Malawi

  • Yusuf M. Juwayeyi


Although Malawi was one of the first countries in southern and eastern Africa to train indigenous archaeologists, research in archaeology and museum work remains underdeveloped. While foreign professionals have always been welcome to conduct research in the country, only very few opt to come. This paucity of researchers has resulted in a low output of archaeological publications on Malawi, and has caused improvements in the country’s museum servicesto be slow. All this has also denied Malawians the opportunity to study and appreciate their cultural heritage. This paper discusses this unfortunate situation and its contributing factors. Archaeological research in Malawi got off to a poor start during the colonial period, and a rigid government civil service structure during the post-colonial period advanced the careers of administrative staff at the expense of professional staff.


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  1. 1.Department of Sociology and AnthropologyLong Island UniversityBrooklynUSA

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