University of Liverpool - A future for Africa's past

November 19, 2009

African students are to be helped to conserve their heritage under plans for a new UK university-led centre in Zambia. The University of Liverpool's School of Classics, Archaeology and Egyptology is raising funds to build a heritage and research centre in Zambia's Luangwa Valley. Its goal is to help local people preserve aspects of their heritage that are dying out and to nurture traditional skills. Archaeologists from Liverpool, which has a long history of research in the area, will also display their research findings at the centre. The university has launched a fundraising campaign to bring the vision to fruition. Larry Barham, professor of archaeology, said: "This venture will, I hope, help the Kunda and Bisa peoples educate their children about their past, give them a sense of pride with which to face the future and an opportunity to earn a regular income to help fight poverty and disease."

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