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Archaeology of the Swahili Coast

Courtyard of the Palace at Songo Mnara

During the 11th-16th centuries, the 1500 mile stretch of the Swahili Coast of Africa was the site of a distinctive set of communities where traders and sultans thrived. The best known city was Kilwa Kisawani, visited by the famous Moroccan trader Ibn Battuta in 1331...

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