- Jul 2014
- Lower Styria, Slovenia
How many of such structures are there all over southern Africa? I know the Great Zimbabwe is the most known as it's one of the largest, thus called Great. Do they know who built them? Khoisan people before the Bantus moved down South?They're large, free-standing ashlar stonework walls, with much of the bricks being ornately carved in some parts with designs mirroring those in Indonesia. Zimbabwe is also one, if the largest, out of hundreds of these stone buildings scattered throughout southeastern Africa that were the heart of much larger complexes.
Sure, they're not as elaborate as say, castles or brocs, but it's not so much what they are that's so famous about them. Rather, it's what they represent and show on what life was like in Southern Africa. It used to be common knowledge that everyone more or less lived in mud huts and cattle ranches, but instead we have these stone structures with evidence of trade as far away as Asia.