Ilha de Moçambique and the Slave Trade
Since 2013, the Slave Wrecks Project (SWP) has developed a strong collaboration with the faculty, researchers, and students of the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology at Eduardo Mondlane University. In the process of developing a robust research collaboration on terrestrial and underwater archaeological sites that range from Inhambane to Mozambique Island and Nyassa, this partnership provides training opportunities for a new generation of Mozambican archaeologists in their own country and abroad. This partnership has created new opportunities for international exchange and pioneered new approaches to community engagement, heritage protection, public education, and transformative museum work – which offer novel solutions within Mozambique and beyond.
SWP global partners, including the National Museum of African American History and Culture, The George Washington University, the Southeast Archaeological Center and the Submerged Resources Center of the National Park Service, and Diving With a Purpose, partner with local institutions including Eduardo Mondlane University and its newly established CAIRIM (Centre for Archaeology, Research and Resources). A growing collaboration with the Museu da Ilha de Moçambique continues this research and encourages the ongoing preservation and reinterpretation of Mozambique’s cultural heritage.