A project committed to the protection of Cameroon's cultural heritage

196
archaeological sites discovered

815
surface collections carried out

94
sites have been excavated

A PROJECT COMMITTED TO THE PROTECTION OF CAMEROON'S CULTURAL HERITAGE

NHPC has implemented an archaeological resource protection programme since the development phase of the Project in order to contribute to the conservation and enhancement of Cameroon’s cultural heritage. Thus, NHPC got a team of experienced archaeologists to manage the archaeological resources during the construction phase of the works.
The archaeologists identify areas suitable for excavation and are present during construction. They also support the contractors by training workers in techniques for detecting and protecting artefacts during earthworks.
The remains discovered are collected, protected and analysed. They include pottery, lithics and objects related to metallurgy.
They are to be stored according to the rules of the art and made available to the Ministry of Arts and Culture (MINAC), which has approved the principles of the intervention and the development of the discoveries. Some of the remains, which serve as proof of the area’s activity will eventually be exhibited in the Nachtigal operations building.
The analyses carried out will contribute to increasing awareness on the history of the project area, of Cameroon and of the Central African sub-region and will be subject to scientific publications.

196 archaeological sites discovered
759 surface pick-ups carried out
94 sites were excavated