Mumba Rockshelter (Tanzania) re-excavation


Mumba Rockshelter is located in Mang'ola Basin, at ca. 1046 m asl, about 2.3 km from the current shore of Lake Eyasi (which is dry most of the year). It is found in a series of inselbergs (containing several other shelters) called the Laghang-Ishimijega hills, running parallel to the lake. The shelter contains rock paintings documented by L. Kohl-Larsen (1943). It was excavated in 1934-36 and a very large "test" excavation was led by M. Kohl-Larsen in 1938 (L. Kohl-Larsen 1943, Müller-Beck 1978) and in 1977 and 1981 (Mehlman 1989). The shelter was re-excavated in 2005-2006 by M. Prendergast, A. Mabulla and M. Domínguez-Rodrigo, and was sampled for OSL dating in 2007 by Z. Jacobs and R. Roberts. Data here include spatial and faunal data and radiometric dates from the 2005-2006 excavations, dates from earlier excavations, and selected images.

Cite this Record

Mumba Rockshelter (Tanzania) re-excavation. ( tDAR id: 6650) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8N87C4W

Spatial Coverage

min long: 35.281; min lat: -3.561 ; max long: 35.318; max lat: -3.527 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Mary Prendergast

Resources Inside this Project (Viewing 1-11 of 11)


  1. Kansyore ceramics from Mumba Rockshelter
  2. Mumba Rockshelter stratigraphy
  3. Photograph of Mumba Rockshelter
  4. Photograph of Mumba Rockshelter from above
  5. Plan of Mumba Rockshelter, 2005-6 excavations


  1. Fauna from Mumba - ageing data (limb epiphyseal fusion)
  2. Fauna from Mumba - ageing data (teeth)
  3. Fauna from Mumba - survivorship data
  4. Fauna from Mumba Rockshelter, Unit 5, Separated by Level
  5. Fauna from Mumba Rockshelter, Unit 8, Separated by Level
  6. Radiometric dates from Mumba Rockshelter