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Sun, 19 Aug 2018 11:43 - Updated Sun, 19 Aug 2018 11:44

New phase of archaeological excavations Announced in Mbanza Kongo

Mbanza Kongo - Archaeological experts will resume early 2019 the excavations in the historic center of Mbanza Kongo, Zaire Province, inscribed on Unesco's World Heritage List in July 2017.

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Zaire: Biluka Nsakala Nsenga - Culture Director

Photo: Pedro Moniz Vidal

Zaire: Archaeological pieces found during archaeological excavation in Mbanza Kongo

Photo: Alberto Julião

The information was released Friday in this city by the director of the provincial office of culture, youth and sports, Biluka Nsakala Nsenga, who is also vice-chair of the Participatory Management Committee of the site.

Speaking to ANGOP, the official said that despite the registration, the action plan recommends the continuation of the archaeological studies in the places where the excavations have already taken place and in other areas outside the classified zone.

The classified area includes ruins and spaces that extend along six corridors and cover a hill of 570. The area was archaeological excavated in the period between 2011 and 2014, within the scope of this same project of inscription baptized by "Mbanza Kongo, City to Unearth to Preserve.”

Biluka Nsakala Nsenga explained that the Ministry of Culture is currently working with experts from various countries, especially Portugal, Cameroon, France, among other experts who have participated in the first three phases of the archaeological studies.

"The date of the beginning of the new phase of the excavations will depend to a great extent on the agenda of foreign experts,".

The Mbanza Kongo registration project on the UNESCO list was launched in 2007, the grand city, at the time of an International Roundtable.

The inclusion in the World Heritage List of this capital of the former Kingdom of Kongo took place during the 41st session of the Kongo Committee in Krakow, Poland.

Since its elevation to world heritage, according to the culture official in Zaire, the city has hosted more than 15,000 domestic and foreign tourists.

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