World Heritage Sites: Africa is a versatile collection of more than 86,000 objects of visual, contextual, and spatial documentation of African heritage and rock art sites.

Image of a hut in Lalibela, Ethiopia Photogrammetric image of area 100 within the Great Enclosure in Musawwarat es-Sufra, Sudan Image of Elmina, Ghana

The collection was developed in collaboration with scholars and institutions across Africa, Europe, and North America, with generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Arcadia Fund. It offers more than 86,000 objects in 30 sub-collections, providing visual, contextual, and spatial documentation of African heritage sites.

Spatial data for this collection, obtained through laser scanning and photogrammetry, as well as satellite remote sensing, GPS surveying, and conventional surveying, includes:

  • 3D models and plans of grounds, structures, and surrounding landscapes
  • Façade views of structures
  • Geographic information systems (GIS)
  • Stereo, digital, and panorama images
  • Digital video

Contextual data includes site-related scholarly research:

  • Site plans, diagrams, and maps
  • Excavation reports
  • Photographs and slides
  • Manuscripts and books
  • Previously unpublished private and national archives
  • Archaeological and ethnographic field notes
  • Personal journals and travelers’ accounts from the seventeenth century to the nineteenth century
  • Trade logs

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This collection aids researchers in African studies, anthropology, archaeology, architecture, art history, geography, history, and literature, as well as those focused on geomatics, historic preservation, urban planning, and visual and spatial technologies. It is a comprehensive tool for museums, libraries, NGOs, and government organizations engaged in the conservation and management of cultural heritage sites.

Related JSTOR archival journal collections include Arts & Sciences II, VI, VII, and XII.

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