Welcome to CONCH, a co-productive heritage research project centred in Tanzania and funded by the UK Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

This project brings together UK and African archaeologists, heritage professionals, and community groups in discussions and activities surrounding the built heritage of the East African, or Swahili, coast. CONCH aims to explore and celebrate the rich architectural heritage of this region, with activities at key sites in Pangani and Kilwa. We are working with different local stakeholders at each, and hope to work with and boost existing initiatives and agendas among our colleagues.

Here you can follow the project as it develops, see what activities we have undertaken in Pangani and Kilwa and access our ongoing research outputs. You can also follow the project through our Facebook and Instagram sites. 

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19th August 2019

The CONCH project has been completed in two fieldschool projects: one in Pangani in 2018 and another in Kilwa this summer. 

We are very happy with how these two fieldschool projects have been undertaken: we have learnt about both the archaeological aspects and the community needs for heritage management in these areas. You can see how this understanding unfolded within our 'Research' menu, where you will find all of the project blogs and also via our Facebook & Instagram pages (search @conchpro).

We are currently in the process of winding down the CONCH project - this website will be live until Sept 30th. 

If you have any questions please email info@conchproject.org (this email account will be monitored until Sept 30th). 


13th May 2019

Partners from the University of York and UDSM will be recommencing fieldwork in mid June, with a heritage day being held on the 21st. So keep your eyes peeled and wait to see what happens by following our Instagram & Facebook pages (search for @conchpro).


Education officer working with school staff
24th August 2018

Our blog is now live and we will be posting regularly over the next weeks about our experiences working in Pangani. Check the 'Research' page to see more. With thanks to all our contributors. Asante Sana!

Find out more about the CONCH project, including our objectives, the team and our partner organisations.
Learn more about the CONCH project's outreach programmes with local Tanzanian communities.
Explore our gallery to discover more about the buildings and communities that we are working with.