3rd September, 2009

DIRECTOR GENERAL

DEPERTMENT OF SITES AND MOUNUMENTS

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF KENYA

P.O.BOX 40658-00100

NAIROBI.

Dear Sir,

REF: NAIROBI RIVER BURIAL SITE: NYERI NORTH DISTRICT.

This is an old burial site that predates the Gikuyu, maasai or Dorobo occupation. From preliminary observations advanced from the site, where the stones are laid down in circular patters and each marked with a central stone beacon is a clear testimony the site had other spiritual purposes. In a way, it might have intended to bring celestial attention to mind.

However the site is under natural and anthropogenic forces (that include deliberate damage and inadvertent and careless action as well) Gikuyu and Mumbi Cultural Museum feels stake holders must with immediate effect maintain integrity of this site before the importance of the site is realized.

We are requesting the National Museums of Kenya to assist us in evaluation process with active participation of specialists in the research field.

We remain hoping to hear from you soon.

Yours Sincerely

SAMUEL KAMITHA

DIRECTOR GENERAL

GIKUYU AND MUMBI CULTURAL MUSEUM


 

Budget for Nairobi River burial site fieldwork

Item

Duration

Quantity

Cost per unit (ksh)

Total Cost (ksh)

         

Petrol (liters)

5

50

80

20,000

         

Per diems

       

Archaeologist

5

1

6,000

30,000

Anthropologist/Cultural Heritage

5

1

4,500

22,500

Catographer/RMSM

5

1

4,500

22,500

Field assistants

5

1

3,000

15,000

Driver/mechanic

5

1

3,000

15,000

Labourers

5

3

1,000

15,000

Subtotals

     

120,000

         

Field Supplies*

1

1

20,000

20,000

         

Excavation and camp gear**

-

-

-

-

         

Lab analysis***

1

1

50,000

50,000

         

Dating***

1

1

100,000

100,000

         
         

Sub total

     

430,000

Contingencies

 

10% total cost

 

43,000

Total

     

473,000

 

     

 

*

 

Stationary (notebooks, pens erasers, index cards, graph books etc), nails, string, plastic bags, cushioning material, AV consumables etc

 

 

 

     

 

**

 

Borrow from Archaeology section and British Institute of Eastern Africa (BIEA)

 

 

 

     

 

***

 

Exact cost to be confirmed after it is determined the types and amount of cultural and dating materials recovered from the site