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Show Notes: Great Zimbabwe

Tracy Wilson

Walls and steps in Great Zimbabwe Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images
Walls and steps in Great Zimbabwe Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images

Great Zimbabwe is the largest ancient structure in sub-Saharan Africa, and from the 11th through 15th centuries, it was a bustling city and a thriving trading hub. But when Europeans first heard of its existence, they were sure it was something completely different — a biblical site not built by Africans.

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Episode link: Great Zimbabwe

My research:

  • Bent, J. Theodore. " On the Finds at the Great Zimbabwe Ruins (with a View to Elucidating the Origin of the Race that Built Them)." The Journal of the Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland. Vol. 22. 1893. Via JSTOR. http://www.jstor.org/stable/2842116
  • Bent, J. Theodore. "The Ruins of Mashonaland, and Explorations in the Country." Proceedings of the Royal Geographical Society and Monthly Record of Geography. Vol. 14, No.5. 1892. http://www.jstor.org/stable/1801545
  • Huffman, Thomas N. and J. C. Vogel. " The Chronology of Great Zimbabwe." The South African Archaeological Bulletin, Vol. 46, No. 154. 1991. http://www.jstor.org/stable/3889086
  • Joshua Project. "Shona." Accessed 1/12/2017. https://joshuaproject.net/clusters/348
  • McIntosh, Roderick J. and David Coulson. "Riddle of Great Zimbabwe." Archaeology, Vol. 51, No. 4 (July / August 1998). Via JSTOR. http://www.jstor.org/stable/41771407
  • Pikirayi, Innocent. "Great Zimbabwe in Historical Archaeology: Reconceptualizing Decline, Abandonment, and Reoccupation of an Ancient Polity, A.D. 1450-1900." Historical Archaeology. Vol. 47, No. 1. http://www.jstor.org/stable/43491297.
  • The Editors of Encyclopedia Britannica. "Great Zimbabwe." Encyclopedia Britannica. November 17, 2011 https://www.britannica.com/place/Great-Zimbabwe
  • The Met. "Great Zimbabwe (Eleventh–Fifteenth Centuries)." http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/zimb/hd_zimb.htm
  • Tyson, Peter. "Mysteries of Great Zimbabwe." Nova. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/ancient/mysteries-of-great-zimbabwe.html
  • United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. "Great Zimbabwe National Monument." http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/364/#media
  • United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. " Khami Ruins National Monument." http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/365#media