Multimodal Landscape Archive of African Urbanisms


multimodal landscape archive of african urbanisms


This project explores how to best empower secondary school and university educators based in the Global South to explore cultural heritage through a digital archive called metsemegologolo, ‘ancient towns’ in Setswana.

Metsemegolgolo, co-directed by Cambridge and based at three South African institutions, is an open source prototype database containing archaeological data, heritage objects, historical maps, oral histories and poetry about precolonial African urbanisms. This project develops a complementary UK-US collaboration among the metsemegologolo developers, digital heritage experts, and southern African educators with the purpose of exploring digital storytelling in low-resourced educational environments across the Global South.

Increasing digital representations of marginalised histories is part of the ongoing process of decolonizing the digital humanities and further deepens connections to, and preservation of, cultural heritage sites.

Fred Morton awarded Royal Geographic Society Wiley Fellowship

Fred Morton, Metsemegologolo's historian has been awarded a Wiley research fellowship for 2020-21. The Wiley research fellowships aim to facilitate '... advancing knowledge and providing...
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