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Great Zimbabwe Ruins

The Great Zimbabwe Ruins are the remains of stone buildings - lots of them. They say over 300 structures have been found in the area. Interestingly enough Zimbabwe actually means 'old stone' or 'stone building'.

When the Zimbabwe Ruins were examined a bit closer, they found pieces of Chinese pottery, Arabian coins and glass beads throughout the site, which leads us to believe that the area was an important trading ground during the 11 and 15th centuries.


The Zimbabwe Ruins are said to be some of the oldest ruins in the whole of southern Africa. That's quite a credential!

These scattered ruins used to be the homes of over 18 000 people.

The thing that seems a bit odd about the Zimbabwe Ruins is that the stone structures were found without inhabitants. Where did all the people go? The land doesn't tell a tale of war or illness. Why did the community leave? Mmm, rather curious.

Why do the Great Zimbabwe Ruins?

Huge complex of 300+ buildings Old stone architecture Oldest ruins in Southern Africa Ancient trading post Mysteriously abandoned


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