Pretoria, South Africa More than one thousand years ago the thriving Iron Age pre-colonial state of Mapungubwe existed where the Limpopo and Shashe Rivers came together in an area that would later become the Kingdom of Zimbabwe. The Mapungubwe archaeological site is culturally meaningful because it provides evidence of southern Africa’s prehistory.
The Mapungubwe Museum and Collection is housed at the University of Pretoria and manages about 156,000 cultural, natural, technological and historical objects related to the Mapungubwe site. The UPSpace DSpace repository serves as the digital research repository for the Mapungubwe Museum, its collections and archive.
The UPSpace Mapungubwe Museum Archive consists of research publications, unpublished material such as theses, reports and other documents, photographs, negatives, slides, maps, manuscripts, commercial publications, newspaper clippings, audio-visual material, drawings, site plans, excavation and site reports, and correspondance. With more than 3,500 documents relating to the history and excavations at the Mapungubwe site UPSpace is helping to provide access and preserve a valuable part of African heritage.
About the Mapungubwe Collection: http://web.up.ac.za/default.asp?ipkCategoryID=14724&subid=14724
UPSpace Mapungubwe Museum Archive: http://repository.up.ac.za/handle/2263/589
With thanks to Hettie Groenewald, Institutional Repository Manager, University of Pretoria.