The Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Impact Assessment for the Wind Farm Project at Nala Area, Dodoma, Tanzania

From 1st to 7th November 2017, an archaeology and cultural heritage study were undertaken at Nala, Dodoma, Tanzania, an area where the Wind Farm Project will be located. The study was undertaken with the view to identify the archaeology and cultural heritage potentials of the project area. Identification and documentation of the scatters of archaeological and cultural heritage sites found at Nala was accomplished through desktop study, consultation with few local residents and, site surveys or ground walkover techniques. No any test excavation was undertaken to understand the nature, extent and chronology of the recorded sites.

Various archaeological sites ranging from rock-shelters with paintings, Later Stone Age sites, Iron Age sites and abandoned settlements were identified and recorded. Results of the conducted surveys indicate that the Nala area has a good number of archaeological sites, some of which are of national importance (national monuments) and could probably be included in the national register. Whereas three of these sites are found within the project footprints, many sites hereby evaluated as important are outside the project boundaries. The recommendation provided by this study included relocating the movable archaeological objects such as grinding stones and decorated ceramics into the museum in Dodoma urban. It was also recommended that a study which will include excavation be conducted to get clear pictures of the sites in terms of stratigraphic deposits and hence salvage artefacts found within the project footprints as per the IFC Performance standards 8. For more information about this study and the full report, contact us.