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Preservation of Medieval African Kingdoms

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Tiffany Segre

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Preserving African historical sites or any historical sites will better our understanding on their lifestyle and achievements earlier years ago.
Great Zimbabwe National
Monument
Great Zimbabwe National
Monument
Lamu Old Town
Description:The Great Zimbabwe
National Monument is part of the
ruins of the Great Zimbabwe kingdom
which lasted from 1100-1450 CE. The
site is divided into three groups: the
Hill Ruins, the Great Enclosure, and
the Valley Ruins. In the 14th century,
the Great Zimbabwe was the
principal city of a major state reaching
over the gold-rich plateau. The
population was over 10,000 people.
Due archaeological research on a
monumental granite cross, there is
evidence shown there was contact with missionaries.
Relevance: This site is worth
preserving because it is an unique
and different artistic achievement.
Also, it shows a uncommon story about
the lost civilization of Shona. In
addition, this site can show people how
the city and kingdom became known
for its stone architecture and for
people to see the three groups that it
was divided into. With seeing those
groups, they can see how interesting
the cities were built and how they were used.
Description: Lamu Old Town is the oldest
and best preserved Swahili settlement in
East Africa. The Swahili kingdom lasted 13th
to 19th century CE. Lamu Old Town is on a
island with the same name in East Africa.
Due to the architecture, the town give out a
nice impression to people approaching to it
out at sea. Lamu Old Town was very
religiously influential to the region and with
their annual Maulidi and other festivals, it
shows us how this site is an important centre for Swahili and Islamic culture.
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who occupied Egypt and has pyramids, temples, domestic buildings and installations such as water management. Meroe was the principal residence of the kings of the kingdom and later on it was a place of royal burials.

Relevance: This site is worth preserving because it shows the exchange of art, religion, language, and architecture between the Mediterranean and African region. The site also has well preserved buildings contributes to research on how impressing and powerful the kingdom was in that century. Preserving this site will keep Meroe (the capital of the city), the Meroe cemetery, and Musawwarat es-Sufra and Napa (religious centres) protected.
Archaeological Sites of
the Island of Meroe

Lamu Old Town
Relevance: This site is worth preserving because the town's architecture and
urban structure show influences on culture from Europe, Arabia, and India with
common Swahili cultural influence as well. The town shows us the use of seaports
on the East African Coast and how they contributed to the growth and decline
of the kingdom. Also, it shows us the interaction between the Bantu, Arabs,
Persians, Indians, and Europeans with this town. Lastly, this site is very important
for the education of Swahili and Islamic culture.
Preservation of Medieval African Kingdoms
By: Tiffany Segre
Description: The Archaeological Sites of the Island of Meroe was the heart and soul of the Meroe Kingdom, which lasted from 8th century BCE to 4th century CE. The site is located between the Nile and Atbara Rivers. This semi-desert property includes the royal city of the Kushite kings at Meroe. The site was the seat of the rulers
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