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Ancient African Civilisation On The Limpopo

64 pages

February, 2005

ISBN: 9781868144082


Thomas Huffman is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Arcaheology at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

An illustrated book about a 1000 year old civilization
Between AD 900 and 1300, the Shashe-Limpopo basin in Limpopo Province witnessed the development of an ancient civilization. Like civilizations everywhere, it consisted of a complex social organization supported by intensive agriculture and long-distance trade. The Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape, as it is now known, was the forerunner of the famous town of Great Zimbabwe, situated about 200 kilometers to the north, and its cultural connection to Great Zimbabwe and the Venda people allows archaeologists to reconstruct its evolution. This generously illustrated book tells the story of an African civilization that began more than 1000 years ago. It is the first in a series of accessible books written by specialists for visitors to South Africa's World Heritage Sites.