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Morija Museum Collections

Morija Museum Collections feature prehistorical items, historical material and objects of ethnological interest as well as Basotho art.

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Dinosaur Bones

Dinosaur bone

This is a dinosaur bone of a Sauropodomoph, excavated in the years 2008 and 2009 by French men by the names of Bernard …

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Stone Age 2

Stone Age 2

A tool from the Middle Stone Age in Lesotho, a period which ended about 20 000 years ago.

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Drawing of Joshua Nau Makoanyane

Drawing of Joshua Nau Makoanyane

Drawing of Joshua Nau Makoanyane, Moshoeshoe’s close friend and military commander, made in 1845 by François Maeder. Maeder’s drawings are among the first images that …

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Cobble Stones

Geode

A geode is usually rough and without any external features of note. Inside, however, large and beautiful crystals of various colours will be found. These …

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Moropa Drum

Moropa drum

Moropa is a drum that played during initiation rites. Music and dance are integral to many ceremonies and rituals.

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About Morija Museum Collections

Morija Museum exhibits range from the formation of the universe (Big Bang theory), to continental drift, geological formations, and dinosaur fossils, through to various hunter-gatherer cultures and then a great deal about the Basotho people, their history and culture, both material and intangible. Exhibits also include various large and smaller mammals that inhabit(ed) Lesotho, bird species, and reptiles. Art is also featured, including some of the outstanding sculptures of Samuel Makoanyane from the 1930s/early 1940s.

The Morija Archives contain tens of thousands of documents dating from the 1820s until the current time, focusing largely on Lesotho/the Basotho. These documents cover a very wide range of topics, and researchers from many disciplines have located valuable information here. A complete catalogue of documentation at the archives is being developed, and plans are underway to digitise the most important documents and place these on-line in order to facilitate research.

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