Dr Munyaradzi Elton Sagiya


  • PhD, Archaeology, University of Zimbabwe, 2022.
  • MA, Heritage Studies, University of Zimbabwe, 2014.
  • BA (Hons), Archaeology, Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies, 2009


  • Lecturer, Culture and Heritage Studies
  • Coordinator, Culture and Heritage Studies Programme

Phone: +263 775102724

Email: msagiya@buse.ac.zw

Research interests

  • Decolonising museums and heritage management practices,
  • African archaeology
  • Dry-stone masonry heritage
  • Water heritage
  • Heritage futures


Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

  • Pikirayi, I., Sulas, F., Chirikure, S., Chikumbirike, J and Sagiya, M.E. 2023. The conundrum of Great Zimbabwe. Journal of Urban Archaeology, 7, p.95 – 114.
  • Pikirayi, I,. Sulas F., Nxumalo B., Sagiya, M.E., Stott, D., Kristiansen, S.M., Chirikure, S and Musindo, T. 2022. Climate-smart harvesting and storing of water: The legacy of dhaka pits at Great Zimbabwe. Anthropocene (40), p.1-11.
  • Pikirayi, I; Shenjere-Nyabezi, P and Sagiya, M.E (2022). Landscape, history and power: The Zimbabwe culture and the Nambya state, north-western Zimbabwe. Journal of Community Archaeology and Heritage, DOI: 10.1080/20518196.2022.2051138. p. 1-21.
  • Sagiya, ME. 2021. Bridging policy and practice in conserving archaeological sites in Zimbabwe. News in Conservation, Issue 83, p.12 – 17.
  • Shenjere-Nyabezi P; Pwiti, G; Sagiya, M.E; Ndoro W; Chirikure, S; Kapumha, R and Makuvaza, M. (2020). Style, chronology and culture: A critical review of Whitty’s classification of the Zimbabwe culture using evidence from the Hwange district, north-western Zimbabwe. South African Archaeological Bulletin 75(212): 4 – 16.
  • Sagiya, M.E. 2019. Heritage on the periphery: administration of archaeological heritage in Hwange district, Zimbabwe. Journal of African Cultural Heritage Studies, Special Issue, 2(1): 1-24.
  • Mujere, J., Sagiya, M.E and Fontein, J. 2017. ‘Those who are not known, should be known by the country’: patriotic history and the politics of recognition in southern Zimbabwe. Journal of Eastern African Studies Vol 11(1): 86 – 114.
  • Pikirayi, I., Sulas F., Musindo, T.T., Chimwanda, A., Chikumbirike J., Mtetwa, E., Nxumalo, B and Sagiya, M.E. 2016. Great Zimbabwe’s water. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Water Vol 3 (2): 195–210.

Published Peer-Reviewed Books Chapters

  • Sagiya, M.E and Pwiti, G (in-press) Conservation and management of archaeological heritage in the Hwange National Park, north-western Zimbabwe, in P. Shenjere-Nyabezi, G. Pwiti and D. Gronenborn (eds) An overview of The Past in The Present: The Zimbabwe Culture and Other Archaeological Heritage in North-Western Zimbabwe Research Project. Harare: Weaver Press. (PhD research)
  • Sagiya, M.E (In Press). Conserving Great Zimbabwe and other Zimbabwe type-sites. In I. Pikirayi, The World of Great Zimbabwe. London: Routledge.
  • Sagiya, M.E and Fontein, J (2021). Toward the critical history of the National Museums and Monuments of Zimbabwe: Rethinking pastness and materiality. In Silverman, R; Abungu; G and Probst, P (eds) National Museums in Africa: Identity, History and Politics. New York and London: Routledge, pg. 206 – 223.
  • Basinyi, S and Sagiya, M.E., World Heritage Communities, anchors and values for the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage in southern Africa: Zimbabwe and Botswana. In Akagawa, N and Smith, L (eds) Safeguarding Intangible Heritage: Practices and Politics. London and New York: Routledge.