Review of Archaeological Research in Angola

Daniela de Matos, Ana Cristina Martins, João Carlos Senna-Martinez, Inês Pinto, Ana Godinho Coelho, Soraia Santos Ferreira, Luiz Oosterbeek

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This article examines the historical processes that shaped the development of archaeological practice in Angola during the Portuguese colonial period and the aftermath of political independence. Using published works, unpublished reports, and photographic records, we examine the research themes, actors, scholars, and institutions that influenced archaeological research in the country. We also used documents and museum collections in Angola and Portugal to create a GIS database of Angola’s archaeological findings. This study highlights the events, personalities, and priorities that motivated earlier investigations, and the geographical distribution of prehistoric sites. We hope this study will be a resource for guiding future archaeological research in Angola.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)319-344
Number of pages26
JournalAfrican Archaeological Review
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2021


  • Angola
  • Colonial collections
  • GIS
  • History of archaeology
  • Iron Age
  • Stone Age


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