In-Depth Kenya to strengthen protection of archaeological sites: officials
01 August 2016, 17:26
Nairobi (Xinhua) -- The Kenyan government has partnered
with industry, bilateral partners and academia to promote
conservation of the country's pre-historic sites, officials
Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Culture and Arts, Hassan Wario
said protection of these archaeological sites is in line with the
government's goal to preserve the country's rich history.
"Kenya is endowed with a vast wealth of archaeological sites
that have put us on the world map. They not only remind us about
our past but are a source of tourism revenues," Wario said on
Friday evening during the award ceremony for heroes who contributed
immensely to discovery of ancient fossils in Kenya and the larger
eastern African region.
The East African nation became the first country on the world to
honor relatively unknown individuals who discovered remains of
Wario said the government has set aside funds to boost research
and training on paleontology in the institutions of higher
"The next generation should be knowledgeable on the origins of
man hence the need to incentivize researchers to undertake
excavation in pre-historic sites where ancient fossils are buried,"
Kenya's enviable reputation as the cradle of man was re-enforced
early this year when researchers unveiled stone tools aged million
of years that were discovered at a forest near the capital,
Wario revealed that researchers have intensified search for
remains of the early man in 20 pre-historic sites across the
He added the Treasury has approved funds to strengthen
conservation of UNESCO listed heritage sites that holds abundant
trove of materials used by ancient man.
"We have heritage sites of global significance that should be
protected from degeneration linked to human activities or
environmental changes," Wario said, adding the government will
harness indigenous knowledge to promote the protection of
Recent discovery of ancient fossils has positioned Kenya as an
unrivalled leader in archaeological tourism.
The Director of National Museums of Kenya, Dr Mzalendo Kibunjia
said zoning of additional pre-historic sites is in the works to
protect them from human intrusion and climatic vagaries.