Memory and Cultural Landscape at the Khami World Heritage Site, Zimbabwe

An Un-inherited Past

Ashton Sinamai



This book focuses on a forgotten place—the Khami World Heritage site in Zimbabwe. It examines how professionally ascribed values and conservation priorities affect the cultural landscape when there is a disjuncture between local community and national interests, and explores the epistemic violence that often accompanied colonial heritage management and archaeology in southern Africa. The central premise is that the history of the modern Zimbabwe nation, in terms of what is officially remembered and celebrated, inevitably determines how that past is managed. It is about how places are experienced and remembered through narratives and how the loss of this heritage memory may mark the un-inheriting of place.


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Ashton Sinamai is a Zimbabwean archaeologist who is currently an Adjunct Research Fellow with the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at Flinders University, Australia. He has also worked as Chief Curator for the Namibian Museum. Ashton is a co-editor of Journal of African Cultural Heritage Studies.