Photographer's Note

Great Zimbabwe contains the largest pre-historic stone buildings in Sub-Saharan Africa - and is one of my favourite sites, comparable with some of the best in Mexico and Latin America.

Sub-Saharan Archaeology often has as many myths and legends attached to its history as the peope who occupied the main sites. Depending on the historical period this site was built by: the Queen of Sheba (hence King Solomon's Mines), Arabic builders, Portuguese and even Chinese (trade items including classic Chinese porcelain has been found at the site). Basically, any outlandish conclusion seemed more plausible to a certain historical period of archaeologists than the idea that indigenous, Shona speaking, black Southern Africans could possibly have constructed a site of this size.

So - the legitimate research - built and occupied by Shona speaking peoples in the 14th to 18th centuries. Gave rise to the only country name that comes from an archaoelogical site. A must visit place in Southern Africa.

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  • Copyright: Iain Pearson (iainsp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 482 W: 0 N: 698] (3298)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2012-01-14
  • Categories: Ruins
  • Exposure: f/7.1, 30 seconds
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2012-02-15 11:07
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