© University of Pretoria: Mapungubwe Museum
the past for the future
of Mapungubwe in 1933 led to the Greefswald Archaeological Project
of the University of Pretoria. This project proceeded through
four phases from 1933 to 2000.
the 1930’s, Phase One focused on large-scale general excavations.
1950 and 1970, Phase Two attempted detailed study of site stratification.
3. Phase Three
(1970 to 1995) consisted of stratigraphic studies, multidisciplinary
research on the cultural remains of the Greefswald sites and post-excavation
4. Phase four,
from 1995, involved general site recordings in the Limpopo Valley,
collections management and restoration. This phase culminated
in the public permanent exhibit of the collection in the Mapungubwe
Museum at the University of Pretoria.
5. Today Phase
five encompasses many aspects for example the role of the Mapungubwe
Museum and its collection which is held in trust for humanity,
open to all free of charge, ensuring the right of all citizens
to free information about Mapungubwe. Secondly site rehabilitation
and interpretation and the development of a World Class Interpretative
Centre at Mapungubwe National Park. Thirdly, the long-term role
of organisations such as UNESCO, ICOM, AFRICOM, SAMA, SAHRA, UP,
Government and SANparks and others to form strategic partnerships
for the future preservation of the Mapungubwe Collection, and
Mapungubwe National Park.
Curator Mapungubwe Museum
Tel: +27 12 420 3146
Fax: +27 12 420 2262