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Kenya returns fossils to Tanzania

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    nngu007 JF-Expert Member

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    By Zephania Ubwani,

    The Citizen Bureau Chief

    Arusha. Kenya has returned nearly all hominid fossils and other archaeological materials which were taken from various sites in Tanzania in the 1930s. At least 80 per cent of the rock tools and fossil bones had been returned to the country by May this year, according to the acting director of the National Museum of Tanzania, Mr Jackson Kihiyo.

    "I can't tell you how many pieces they were but numbered in thousands and were, brought back in containers for preservation at the National Museum,” he said over the phone from Dar es Salaam.

    Many of the hominid fossils were collected from the Olduvai Gorge in Arusha Region and were taken to the neighbouring country for preservation and scientific analysis by experts from across the world.

    The archaeological materials were also taken to Nairobi because there were no preservation facilities in Tanzania and to expose them to other researchers on human evolution who used the Kenyan capital as their base.

    With the recent expansion of the National Museum and the adjacent House of Culture in Dar es Salaam, the country now has enough space for storage of the archaeological material, he added. Mr Kihiyo said the Kenyan authorities had cooperated well in retrieving the country's cultural heritage materials and that an official handover will take place in Dar es Salaam in September, this year."We now have experts and are satisfied with the condition of our stone tools and fossil bones," he said, adding that the remaining material will be brought in the country later.

    Archaeological materials from Tanzania have often been taken to Kenya in the past, especially collections made in the northern regions. They included the skull of the ‘Nutcracker’ man also known as Australopithecus Boisei or Zinjathropous which was discovered by the late Dr Mary Leakey and her husband Louis at Olduvai in 1959.

    The 1.7 million-year-old skull was brought back to Tanzania in 1965 and handed over to President Julius Nyerere by Dr Louis Leakey during an event which coincided with the official opening of the National Museum.

    Mr Kihiyo said the National Natural History Museum in Arusha would also be expanded to serve as storage for other archaeological materials. He further added that communication between the Tanzania and German authorities were also underway to bring back the remains of a dinosaur (Tendaguru). which have been preserved in a German museum since the early 1900s.

    The portable archaeological materials are normally preserved at the National Museum and other museums across the country while the historical sites are under the Antiquities Department in the ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism.
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    Tanzania we are damn blessed if we arrange in order what the archaeological discoveries Dar & Arusha; is good for

    Educational Purposes Worldwide; and also a fantastic educational tourist attraction
     
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