African rock art goes digital 2015-07-14


"Uganda is one of 19 African countries whose rock art is to be published online in digital form by the British Museum, under The African rock art image project. The project started in 2013 and has catalogued around 25,000 digital photographs of rock art from across Africa. Originally it was from the Trust for African Rock Art (TARA) with support from the Arcadia Fund, a charitable fund, supporting charities and scholarly institutions that preserve cultural heritage and the environment. The project leader is Elizabeth Galvin, curator of the department of Africa, Oceania and the Americas of the British Musuem. Combining a wide range of research from the British Museum, TARA and colleagues in Africa, the project is cataloguing and digitally preserving African rock art to ensure global open access to the rock art well into the future. Countries have been grouped into three regions; from Northern / Saharan Africa, Eastern and central Africa, Southern Africa. There are 19 countries under the project. Already, work is complete in Egypt,Sudan, Libya, Algeria, Morocco, Niger, Chad, and Mauritania. Next in line are   Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Uganda, and Tanzania. The southern African countries will be last including Angola,Malawi, Namibia,Botswana, Zimbabwe, and South Africa. In all countries, photographs of the rock art are provided on an interactive map of the country. Libya, with 3899 photos, has the biggest collection, followed by Niger 2439, and Sudan has the least; with 163 ..."


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07/14/2015, 07:51

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07/14/2015, 03:51