Research from July-August 2016 included:
- + Excavation of an earthen structure in the western open area, covering 120 sq. meters;
- + Excavations in the walled back yard of House 19, covering approximaterly 30 sq. meters;
- + Excavations in two midden areas, one north of the House 17, another in the northwest corner of the site.
- + Completion of the intensive, STP sampling program across open areas;
- + Completion of the full coverage survey of Songo Mnara Island, including the adjacent island of Sanje ya Majoma;
- + Total station mapping of the ruins at Sanje ya Majoma;
Research from June-August 2013 included:
- + Ongoing work on the intensive sampling program across open areas, with shovel test pits excavated to access archaeological layers and geochemical samples taken at this level;
- + Full coverage archaeological survey on Songo Mnara Island,
explore the island landscape and the town's place within it;
- + Excavation of two earthen houses in the western open area,
each excavation covering approximately 100 sq. meters;
- + Complete excavation of an elaborate stone house, House 18,
in the southern part of the settlement;
- + Geophysical survey off-site that examined areas outside the town walls, in addition to further geophysical surveys on Kilwa Island;
- + Full excavation of a small mosque on the western town wall, including a possible gatehouse to the south.
Fieldwork in 2011 expanded on many of the site-level activities of 2009. Broad-scale activities included:
- + Intensive sampling across open areas, with shovel test pits excavated to access archaeological layers and geochemical samples taken at this level;
- + Geophysical survey of the site was completed, and off-site work undertaken;
- + A parallel program of shoreline survey was undertaken;
- + Comparative excavations between different structures, targeting particular rooms within each;
- + Full excavation of the central mosque.
Fieldwork at Songo Mnara in 2009 had three goals: to build a foundational dataset by thoroughly mapping and describing the site; to evaluate the future archaeological promise of the site; and to address issues of the use of space across the site, in keeping with our research agenda.
- + Excavations were conducted within the houses, exploring one entire house and testing deposits in a second;
- + Excavation explored public spaces, both immediately outside houses and in areas of activity in the central areas;
- + Geophysical survey was conducted across the site;
- + Soil samples were taken for multi-element geochemical analysis, phytolith sampling, and flotation. Micromorphological samples were taken from excavation units;
- + A parallel program of environmental coring was undertaken in the surrounding mangrove.