Great Zimbabwe's Water


In southern Africa, Great Zimbabwe has long been the focus of research, debates and preservation as the remains of what was once the urban centre of a vast state system. As new research findings are reframing the development of the Zimbabwe civilization in the region, local environmental settings and natural resources at Great Zimbabwe remain poorly understood. Using approaches in geoarchaeology, this paper presents Great Zimbabwe as a living landscape. New soil sequences from within and around the site reflect a complex history of water and soil management with indications of localised changes, rather than significant transformation over time. By placing Great Zimbabwe in its living landscape, we can access new sources of information for taking stock of the past and its legacies in the present for the benefits of both heritage and people.

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Great Zimbabwe's Water. Innocent Pikirayi, Federica Sulas, Tendai Treddah Musindo, Elton Munyaradzi Sagiya. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430828)


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min long: -18.809; min lat: -38.823 ; max long: 53.262; max lat: 38.823 ;

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 14439