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Department of Archaeology



Dr Mire is the former head of Somaliland archaeology and currently heads the Horn Heritage Foundation.  She is a passionate advocate for the development of heritage management strategies on the African continent that align with indigenous conceptions of the past, notions of heritage and that help promote better cross-cultural understanding and peace and reconciliation in sub-Saharan countries that have been fractured by civil wars and other forms of conflict. She has pioneered research on the intangible heritage of greater Somalia, recently publishing a summation of over fifteen years on this topic with an emphasis on the deep history of certain key spiritual values in a single-authored monograph. She is also a strong advocate for using the power of digital technologies to teach about Africa’s deep history to lay audiences, and has run an award-winning Mass Open Online Coures (MOOC) on African archaeology for a number of years. She currently directs her own heritage foundation.

Job Titles

Honorary Research Associate, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research
Director of the Horn Heritage Foundation

General Info

Not available for consultancy

Contact Details

sada.mire [at]