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Department of the History of Art and Archaeology

Dr Sada Mire



Sada Mire
Dr Sada Mire
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Past and present ritual practices and indigenous institutions of the Horn of Africa, art, archaeology,  architecture, cultural landscapes and memory, and cultural heritage policy and management.


Sada Mire‘s interests lie in archaeological and anthropological theory and practice, and cultural heritage policy and management, working in the Horn of Africa (i.e. today’s Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Puntland and Somaliland). Her main interests are indigenous institutions (historic and pre-historic), rituals, Islam and Christianity, art, landscapes and architecture, migration, and social cohesion and exclusion, protection of cultural heritage in time of armed conflict and post-conflict cultural resource management. She has also carried out research into social exclusion and cohesion amongst Somali and Horn of Africa Diaspora in London and their views on belonging, identity and heritage. Previously she conducted archaeological and anthropological field research in Denmark, UK, and Sweden. Her work in the Horn includes the first indigenous and so far the most comprehensive archaeological survey of Somali archaeological sites, as well as  recording ritual and dance performances. Her earlier work includes also zoo-archaeology in Kenya and analysis of subsistence strategies in the Stone Age/Iron Age Lake Victoria region. Currently Mire is working on post-conflict reconstruction of cultural resources as well as further research on ritual practices and what she terms “sacred landscapes“of the Horn of Africa.


Book Chapters

Mire, Sada (2006) 'Somali Shield.' In: Lagat, K. and Hudson, J., (eds.), Hazina: Tradition, Trade and Transition in Eastern Africa. Nairobi: National Museums of Kenya, pp. 29-30.


Mire, Sada (2011) 'The Knowledge-Centred Approach to the Somali Cultural Emergency and heritage development assistance in Somaliland.' African Archaeological Review. Special Issue: Africa's Fragile Heritages, 28 (1). pp. 71-91.

Mire, Sada (2010) 'Somaliland: archaeology in a breakaway state.' Current World Archaeology, 43 . pp. 26-33.

Mire, Sada (2008) 'The Discovery of Dhambalin Rock Art Site, Somaliland.' African Archaeological Review, 25 (3-4). pp. 153-168.

Mire, Sada (2008) 'The Republic of Somaliland: Stability, International Recognition and Economic Development.' The Middle East in Europe (16). pp. 12-13.

Mire, Sada (2007) 'Preserving Knowledge, not Objects: a Somali Perspective for Heritage Management and Archaeological Research.' African Archaeological Review, 24 (3-4). pp. 49-71.

Lane, P. and Seitsonen, O. and Harvey, P. and Mire, Sada and Odede, F. (2007) 'The Transition to Farming in Eastern Africa: New Faunal and Dating Evidence from Wadh Lang’o and Usenge, Kenya.' Antiquity, 81 . pp. 62-81.

Mire, Sada (2003) 'Ayodhya konflikten- hur länge ska arkeologerna tillåta att den inomdisciplinära debatten tystas av politiska hänsynstagande?' META – Medeltidsarkeologisk tidskrift [Medieval Archaeological Periodical], 3 . pp. 34-48.

Mire, Sada (1998) 'Mandela om Afrikas Renässans.' Africa Forum, 5 . pp. 7-8.


Mire, Sada (2009) 'Evaluation Report for UNESCO-Nairobi Office on Somali performance art in the North Eastern Provinces of Kenya.' Safeguarding traditional performing arts in post-conflict Somalia. UNESCO-Nairobi. (Unpublished)

Mire, Sada (2007) 'The Future of Somaliland Cultural Resources.' Somali Heritage and Archaeology website. (Unpublished)

Mire, Sada (2006) 'Shellmiddens on the shores of Lake Victoria.' British Institute in Eastern Africa. (Unpublished)

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