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The Journal of African Archaeology is an international peer-reviewed periodical appearing half-yearly since 2003. It publishes original papers addressing recent research and developments in African archaeology and related disciplines. The journal's main purpose is to provide scholars and students with a new pan-African forum for discussing relevant topics on the cultural dynamics of past African societies.

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Vol. 7 (2) 2009

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C. Thorp

Excavations at Hlamba Mlonga Hill, Malilangwe Trust, south-eastern Zimbabwe

Journal of African Archaeology, Volume 7 (2), 2009, pages 191-218, DOI 10.3213/1612-1651-10139

Abstract
Hlamba Mlonga hill in the semi-arid south-eastern lowveld of Zimbabwe was occupied between the late tenth and the fifteenth centuries AD by successive communities using Gumanye, Zimbabwe period 3, Zimbabwe period 4 and Hlengwe ceramics. Stylistic evidence from the ceramic as­semblages suggests that interaction occurred with K2 and later with Mapungubwe ceramic groups to the south-west during the late tenth and thirteenth century occupations. Evidence from glass beads, faunal remains and remains of metallurgical activities shows that these past communi­ties exploited local resources including wildlife and rich iron deposits in order to build wealth through trade with surrounding regions.

Résumé
La colline de Hlamba Mlonga dans le veld semi-aride du sud-est du Zimbabwe a été occupeé successivement entre la dernière partie du dixième siècle et le quinzième siècle par des commu­nautés qui utilisaient des céramiques de Gu­manye, de la Période 3 de Zimbabwe, de la Période 4 de Zimbabwe et de Hlengwe. Des perles en verre, des restes d'animaux et des restes d'activités métallurgiques témoi­gnent que ces communautés anciennes exploitaient des res­sources locales, y compris la faune et de riches gisements de fer, afin de constituer des richesses par le commerce avec les régions avoisinantes.




Keywords: Great Zimbabwe, Indian Ocean trade, K2, Mapungubwe, Southern African Iron Age, Zimbabwe


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