An Ancient African Kingdom
The archaeological remains of a powerful ancient African kingdom that thrived between 900 and 1300 A.D. will likely become the major attraction in a proposed new conservation area currently under negotiation between South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana. Known as Mapungubwe, the site represents an African Iron Age kingdom, the archaeological remains of which evidences a sophisticated social organization with trading ties that extended as far as Arabia and India. For its time, it was Africa's largest and most powerful kingdom.
Read about an archaeological field school being conducted in the area, focusing on the evidence for early and middle stone age hominid activity. A visit to Mapungubwe is included as part of the program of studies.