Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology

2014 Edition
| Editors: Claire Smith

Abungu, George H.O.

  • Ndukuyakhe NdlovuEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-0465-2_2363

Basic Biographical Information

George H. O. Abungu, a Kenyan, is among some of the well-known African archaeologists. He has had a tremendous academic career, establishing himself as one of the leading heritage professionals who have played a pivotal role in the management of Africa’s rich past. His illustrious career should be an inspiration to the younger generation of African scholars who take up an interest in the discipline of archaeology and heritage management.

George trained as an archaeologist at the University of Nairobi Kenya between 1980 and 1984 with an Honors degree in archaeology and was subsequently employed as a Research Trainee with the National Museums of Kenya (NMK). A year later, in 1985, he got a scholarship to study at Cambridge University in England, United Kingdom, where he received an M.Phil. (1986) and a Ph.D. (1989) in archaeology. His Ph.D. research was titled Communities on the River Tana: An Archaeological Study of Relations Between the Delta and River...

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Further Reading

  1. Abungu, G.H.O. 1994. Islam on the Kenyan coast: an overview of Kenyan coastal sacred sites, in D. Carmichael et al. (ed.) Sacred sites, sacred places: 152-62. London: Routledge.Google Scholar
  2. - 1998. City states of the East African coast and their maritime contacts, in G. Connah (ed.) Transformations in Africa: 204-18. Leicester: Leicester University Press.Google Scholar
  3. - 2004. Democratising museums and heritage: ten years on. South African Museums Association Bulletin 30.Google Scholar
  4. - 2005a. Africa and its museums: changing of pathways?, in B. Hoffman (ed.) Arts and cultural heritage law for the 21st century: 386-93. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.Google Scholar
  5. - 2005b. Rock art management in eastern and southern Africa: whose responsibility?, in N. Agnew et al. (ed.) Of the past for the future: integrating archaeology and conservation. Los Angeles: The Getty Publications.Google Scholar
  6. - 2008. Universal museums: new contestations, new controversies, in M. Gabriel & J. Dahl (ed.) Utimut: past heritage - future partnerships: discussions on repatriation in the 21st century. Copenhagen: International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs.Google Scholar
  7. - 2012. Africa’s rich intangible heritage: managing a continent’s diverse heritage, in M. L. Stefano et al. (ed.) Safeguarding intangible heritage. Boydell & Brewer.Google Scholar
  8. Abungu, G.H.O. & L. Abungu. 2009. Lamu: Kenya’s enchanted island. New York: Rizolli.Google Scholar
  9. Abungu, G.H.O., W. Ndoro & A. Mumma. (ed.) 2009. Conserving cultural heritage and law: protecting immovable cultural heritage in English-speaking countries of sub-Saharan Africa (ICCROM Conservation Studies 8): Rome: ICCROM.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Anthropology and ArchaeologyUniversity of Pretoria HatfieldPretoriaSouth Africa