Palaces of Stone
Uncovering ancient southern African kingdoms
Imprint: Penguin Random House South Africa
176 Pages, 5.83 x 8.26 in, 170 illustrations
- June 2021
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Palaces of Stone brings to life the story of these early African societies, from AD 900 to approximately 1850. Some, such as Great Zimbabwe and Khami in Zimbabwe and Mapungubwe in South Africa, are famous world heritage sites, but the majority are unknown to the general public, unsung and unappreciated. Yet, the stone ruins that have survived tell a common story of innovative architecture and intricate stonework; flourishing local economies; long-distance travel; global trade; and emerging forms of political organisation.
By exploring a selection of known and unknown sites, Palaces of Stone reimagines the apparently empty spaces bequeathed to us by history, an Africa of places that once hummed with life. All that remains now are the ruins – a bedrock from which to unravel the past and understand the present.
1. Early beginnings at Schroda
2. From K2 to Mapungubwe
4. The End of Mapungubwe
5. Great Zimbabwe in Modern Times
6. The Growth of Great Zimbabwe
8. Administration and Trade in the Zimbabwe Culture
9. The Khami, Danangombe and Mutapa States
10. The End of an Era