Kenya promote archaeological tourism after oldest stone tools find

Kenya will intensify diversification into archaeological tourism after the discovery of the world’s oldest stone tools in Turkana county in northwest region, officials have said.

Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) managing director Muriithi Ndegwa said the government will promote conservation of historical sites to attract domestic and foreign tourists.

"Discovery of the world’s oldest stone tools has reaffirmed Kenya’s enviable position as the cradle of mankind.

The government will focus on historical sites as diversification of tourism intensifies," Ndegwa told journalists in Nairobi.

He spoke during the unveiling of the world’s oldest stone tools, dating back 3.3 million years ago, that were discovered this week in Lake Turkana basin by a team of Kenyan and French scientists.

Kenya’s tourism sector has experienced a slump occasioned by insecurity and competition from other markets in Africa. Ndegwa said archaeological treasures located in different parts of the country have resonated with tourists.

"We now have an impetus to showcase diverse tourism products to the world.The discovery of the world’s oldest stone tools is a statement of endorsement on our rich archaeological heritage"