Namibia Archaeology


South of the Etosha National Park and inland from the Skeleton Coast, is an area formerly known as Damaraland with unusual geological features, a wealth of rock paintings and engravings as well as desert adapted elephant and black rhino.

Beyond the region's administrative capital, Khorixas, is the Petrified Forest, with fossilised trunks thought to be 200 million years old. Other fossil remains are to be found at Doros Crater while intriguing geological features include the vividly coloured Burnt Mountain and the vertical slabs of basalt know as the Organ Pipes.

Archaeology Department

Modern humans and their ancestors have lived in Namibia for more than one million years but only small part of this history has been studied in any detail. Archaeological remains of humans' settlement scattered throughout the country constitute an invaluable national heritage worthy of careful research and conservation. The national museum provides the only professional archaeological research and curatorial service in the government of the republic of Namibia.

Archaeology Laboratory

The archaeology Laboratory at the national museum is also the legal repository for archaeological collections in Namibia and presently houses more than 3500 archaeological sites. In it's collection Archaeology Laboratory presented stone tool assemblages from the whole of Namibian archaeological sequence. The collection contains a large and historically important series of rock art copies, including the work of pioneer such as Breuil, Maack and Scherz.

The archaeology Laboratory is also an active center for research and has published more than fifty scientific papers in the last decade, along with four books about Namibian archaeological subjects and numerous popular articles for local newspaper and magazines. Field research by the archaeology Laboratory has covered many parts of Namibia, including the Brandberg massif and the Khuiseb Delta. Other areas covered by detailed research during the last ten years are the Khomas highlands, Kavango River, and the Nyae Nyae.

Last Updated on Sunday 22nd November 2009