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Kumbi Saleh (Mauritania)

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The Iron Age archaeological site of Kumbi Saleh in what is today Mauritania was built by the west African Soninké society about AD 600, and was probably used as a capital city for the Ghana empire. Documented by the Islamic historian Abu 'Ubayd al-Bakri, Kumbi-Saleh was sacked by the Almoravids in 1086 AD.

Recent investigations at Kumbi Saleh have been conducted by Laurence Garenne-Marot of the Centre de Recerche et de Restauration de Museés de France.

This glossary entry is a part of the About.com Guide to the African Iron Age, and part of the Dictionary of Archaeology.

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