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useum Africa is in the first stages of building its collections and undertaking research. Ultimately, the Museum's collection is expected to grow to some one million priceless items — items that are an irreplaceable resource for understanding Africa's past, present and future.

Research at the Museum adds to our understanding of critical contemporary issues in African, European and Middle Eastern history, anthropology and archaeology. Many of the museum's researchers are experts in their fields, undertaking important new research projects. Collaborative projects will be undertaken with universities, communities, government agencies and international institutions.

The Museum's major collection and research focus is in the following areas:

Anonymous donor sends MA supposed 20,000-year-old stone tool

Thanks to an anonymous donor from Austin, Texas, who saw Museum Africa's website and "decided to donate the only artifact (the donor had) from ancient Africa," the museum has its first ancient African artifact for exhibit. "I thought this might help (MA's) collection," the donor said.

The donor wasn't sure just how old the stone tool was--he or she was told it was 20,000 years old--so MA asked Chicago's famous Field's Museum of Natural History, as well as the prestigious University of Chicago archaeology department to authenticate and date the artifact. We will keep you posted on their findings.

Ancient African coins that could change history of Australia

(CNN) -- Can a handful of ancient copper coins from a once-opulent but now abandoned corner of East Africa change what we know about Australian history?

A team of researchers is on a mission to find out.

With its glittering wealth, busy harbor and coral stone buildings, the island of Kilwa rose to become the premier commercial post of coastal East Africa around the 1300s, controlling much of the Indian Ocean trade with the continent's hinterland.

Situated in present-day southern Tanzania, during its heyday Kilwa hosted traders from as far away as China, who would exchange gold, ivory and iron from southern Africa's interior for Arabian pottery and Indian textiles as well as perfumes, porcelains and spices from the Far East. Read more . . .