A new Zimbabwe site on the World Heritage List?



A new Zimbabwe site on the World Heritage List? Posted by TANNAfrica, ArchaeoHeritage, Archaeology, Breakingnews, Heritage, Zimbabwe 10:00 PM Near
the border with Botswana in the Shashi-Limpopo region lies Mapela, which is now an excavation site. The ruins of what is believed to have been a
flourishing urban community for an astoundingly long period of time were first examined in the early 1960s. As a result of political developments in
the country, which at that time was known as Rhodesia, the site was later abandoned and forgotten by the archaeologists.

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The location of Mapela in relation to other important sites in the region
around present-day Zimbabwe [Credit: PLoS ONE


Until June 2013, that is. Then, new excavations started under the leadership of Dr Chirikure from the University of Cape Town. Chirikure and his
team discovered a large area with massive stone walls, huge piles of fossilised animal excrement, pottery, spinning wheels and thousands of glass
beads that testify to thriving trade with other countries, probably India and China. Carbon dating indicates that Mapela was as a flourishing
community that existed continuously from the early 8th century until well into the 18th. ‘Mapela lies virtually untouched in a rather inaccessible
area, and is unique in several respects,’ says Per Ditlef Fredriksen, associate professor of archaeology at the University of Oslo. Since June 2014
he has been Dr Chirikure’s collaboration partner and head of the research project that will dig deeper into the ecological history of Mapela to find
out more about how people and the environment mutually affected each other in the Shashi-Limpopo region.


Khami (shown here) is already on the World Heritage List. There is a lot to support the inclusion of Mapela, too [Credit: UNESCO]

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Pls klk the links for more reading, there are supposedly more than 300 such sites these are among the more important ones although I think it’s a
mistake to over look smaller sites although large sites may seemed more sexy and the payday more attractive, smaller sites may hold some surprises.

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