2nd Technical Course: Inventory and Documentation of Immovable Cultural
South Africa 2004
Place: Njelele, Umtata & Johannesburg, South Africa Dates: 5 – 30 July Partner: SAHRA, Nelson Mandela Museum
Objective: The main objectives of the workshop:
Develop best practices for inventorying immovable cultural heritage
at both national and local levels.
Develop awareness of techniques and
instruments used for basic recording and surveying of immovable heritage
properties in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Develop a simple but useful condition
assessment documentation of immovable heritage properties in Sub-Saharan
Develop best practices for archiving records related to immovable
To provide a forum for sharing experiences in the development of documentation
and inventory systems.
Structure: This technical course was designed as a complementary to the
AFRICA 2009 three-month Regional Course and focused on technical issues rather
than management aspects. The technical course focused inventoryand documentation
with emphases on recording, instrumentation, surveying, condition assessment
and archiving of records. The course consisted of a series of hands-on practical
exercises geared towards developing competence in inventorying and documentation
of both tangible and intangible aspects of immovable heritage in Sub-Saharan
Africa Apart from discussing the principles of inventory and documentation
participants were introduced to the discussions on databases and archiving
The fieldwork component was designed as hands on exercise. The participants
worked on three types of sites, a dry stone walled, Rock Art and places of
memory sites. The field exercise was aimed at:
Inventorying the site
Defining the extent of the site
Creating a record that will enable the
site to be monitored
22 participants from 18 countries attended the workshop and shared experiences.
Three assistant coordinators were former participants of the Africa
The two resource parsons were former participants of the
Regional Course in Mombasa.
Five sites were documented, and photographic
record of the fives sites were made
Detailed condition survey and mapping
was done on three sites.
For more information on the course, see the final
report (Pdf 700 KB).