Who built Great Zimbabwe? And why? - Breeanna Elliott
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Although there is much focus on Great Zimbabwe, it did not exist in a vacuum; it was a part of an interconnected trade network across the continent and throughout the Indian Ocean. One notable connection is its relationship with the coastal city-state of Kilwa Kisiwani (in present-day Tanzania), which is just one example of Great Zimbabwe’s far-reaching influence.
In 1986, Great Zimbabwe was designated as an UNESCO world heritage site and has since been documented digitally by a number of organizations. Featured in videos by the online educational institution Khan Academy, PBS has also featured the site and recounted the history of controversy in its NOVA program. The Zamani Project hosted by the University of Cape Town, South Africa has documented heritage sites from around the continent. You can explore the ruins of Great Zimbabwe yourself, including taking a self-guided panorama tour and looking at the detailed plans of various locations.
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