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Kumbi Saleh (Mauritania)



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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