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> US firms put over 10 million Kenyan artefacts online (Kenya), 4 January

The Turkana Boy
monument will be one of
the featured artefact on
the site. File Photo | NMG
US firms put over 10 million Kenyan artefacts online
4 January 2020
Over 10 million of Kenya's archaeological and paleontological collections will be available to all online after three American data service companies - Digital Divide Data, Amazon Web Services and Intel - digitised them.
Senior research scientist and head of the palaeontology section at the National Museums of Kenya Fredrick Kyalo Manthi said the interactive website will enable more people all over the world, especially the youth, to learn about Kenya's rich heritage and hopefully be inspired to discover more of the country's rich collection.
The project also saw 20 research assistants at the National Museums of Kenya and 30 students from various colleges get trained on using this technology.
The new digital format means that one does not need to physically go to the museum - the chief heritage custodial - to sample the country's archaeological and paleontological collections.
It is also meant to attract more researchers and tourists, as well as attract more interest in Kenya's artefacts, which include 2.5-million years of humankind's palaeontology cultural evolution and millions of fossils dating back to the Oligocene era from 2.3 million to 3.3 million years ago.
The project, which started in June 2017, involved digitising culturally and scientifically significant artefacts and fossil specimens and creating a digital archives platform as well as a virtual museum. The platform will be hosted on the AWS cloud.