A slave burial ground in St Helena has been unearthed and discovered by archeologists from the University of Bristol.
The burial ground was discovered in the South Atlantic Island as construction for a new airport and roads continues. Archeologists now look to the burial ground to tell the story of the Middle Passage during the Atlantic slave trade.
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The civilisation of Great Zimbabwe was one of the most significant civilisations in the world during the medieval period.
European travellers from Germany, Portugal, and Britain were astonished to learn of this powerful African civilisation in the interior of Southern Africa.
The first European to visit Great Zimbabwe was a German geologist, Carl Mauch, in 1871. Like others before him, Mauch refused to believe that indigenous Africans could have built such an extensive network of monuments made of granite stone.
Read More of the story at Southern Times-Great Zimbabwe: A Forgotten History.
Written by Manu Ampin; Photo by Jan Derek
According the biblical accounts, the Queen of Sheba visited King Solomon and was so impressed with his wisdom that she gave him four and a half tons of gold. Damien Gayle of the Daily Mail reports on the discovery of where the Queen of Sheba may have got all her gold.
According to the Bible, the ruler of Sheba, which spanned modern-day Ethiopa and Yemen, travelled to King Solomon in Jerusalem, bringing 120 talents (four-and-half tons) of gold.
Now an ancient goldmine, together with the ruins of a temple, has been found on the high Gheralta plateau in northern Ethiopia, part of the Queen’s former territory.
The entrance lay concealed behind a 20ft stone or slab carved with a sun and crescent moon, the ‘calling card of the land of Sheba’, according to excavation leader Louise Schofield.
Ms Schofield told the Observer: ‘I crawled beneath the stone – wary of a 9ft cobra I was warned lives here – and came face to face with an inscription in Sabaean, the language that the Queen of Sheba would have spoken’
Read the rest of the article at Archaeologists strike Biblical gold with discovery of the Queen of Sheba’s fabled mines | Mail Online.
Humphrey Bogart may have won his only Oscar for his part in the film The African Queen, but it is the boat African Queen was the real star. Built in 1912 in the United Kingdom, the African Queen was in service in Africa from 1912 to 1968 by the British East Africa Railway. Located in Key Largo, Florida, it now going in for some badly need restoration. Kerry Mcqueeney of the Daily Mail reports on the African Queen’s restoration.
It was the rickety co-star of Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn in the 1951 film, silently piloted through the swamps and rivers of the African jungle.
Now, 60 years on from its adventure in the Congo, the British-built boat that appeared in the film The African Queen is to be given a royal makeover.
The boat’s current owner has confirmed it is to be restored to its former glory, fit to set sail once again.
The boat fell into a state of disrepair following the death of its last owner almost 10 years ago, it was reported.
Despite sitting in a dry dock in the Florida Keys for the last decade, it is still attracting tourists keen to catch a glimpse of movie history.
Read the rest of the story at African Queen boat from the 1951 Humphrey Bogart film gets a makeover | Mail Online.
Photo by Elmschrat
Zimbabwe might not be on the top of your list of places to visit in Africa, many years political turmoil under it’s president Robert Mugabe have dissuaded many tourists from visiting the country. Mark Sissons for the Edmonton Journal writes about his experiences traveling to Zimbabwe and its incredible beauty. As far as I found (as of November 13th, 2011), there are no official warnings about Zimbabwe, but many countries recommend exercising a high degree of caution when visiting. Great Zimbabwe was the large capital of the Kingdom of Zimbabwe from around 1100 to 1450, the ruined remains of the city are classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and at its height was believed to have a population just under 20,000.
“Where else can you have a UNESCO World Heritage Site virtually to yourself?” asks my Zimbabwean guide, Mr. Lovemore.
The man has a point. On this misty morning I’m one of only a handful of visitors exploring the exquisitely constructed stone ruins of Great Zimbabwe, legendary capital of the Queen of Sheba, and one of the most extraordinary man-made complexes ever built in Africa.
“We only get about 150 visitors a month here,” says Lovemore as he leads me around the remains of the once imperial capital of the Kingdom of Zimbabwe, from which the modern nation takes its name. Occupied between AD 1100 to 1450, this incredible artistic achievement has captured the imaginations of African and European travellers since the Middle Ages, when the whole kingdom was mysteriously abandoned.
“Please ask your friends to visit my beautiful country,” Lovemore urges as we navigate the thick granite block walls of the Great Enclosure – the largest single ancient structure south of the Sahara. “Things are changing here,” he adds.
Read More of the article at The heart of Africa.
Photo by Mark Abel