Songo Mnara World Heritage Site

Ruins of a stone town in Tanzania

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Ruins of Songo Mnara
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Ruins of Songo Mnara, inside the main building.jpg
LocationTanzania
Part ofRuins of Kilwa Kisiwani and Ruins of Songo Mnara
CriteriaCultural: (iii)
Reference144-002
Inscription1981 (5th session)
Endangered2004–2014[1]
Coordinates9°2′58″S 39°34′2″E / 9.04944°S 39.56722°E / -9.04944; 39.56722Coordinates: 9°2′58″S 39°34′2″E / 9.04944°S 39.56722°E / -9.04944; 39.56722
Songo Mnara is located in Tanzania
Songo Mnara
Location of Songo Mnara in Tanzania

On the Swahili Coast in southern Tanzania lie the ruins of a stone town known as Songo Mnara. The stone town was occupied from the 14th to 16th centuries.[2] Songo Mnara has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with nearby stone town Kilwa Kisiwani.[3] In total, archaeologists have found six mosques, four cemeteries, and two dozen house blocks along with three enclosed open spaces on the island.[4] Songo Mnara was constructed from rough-coral and mortar.[5] This stonetown was built as one of many trade towns on the Indian Ocean.[3]

  1. ^ Tanzania’s Ruins of Kilwa Kisiwani and Ruins of Songo Mnara removed from UNESCO List of World Heritage in Danger at UNESCO website
  2. ^ Stoetzel, Jack (2011). "Field Report: Archaeological Survey of Songo Mnara Island". Nyame Akuma. 76: 9–14.
  3. ^ a b Welham, K.; Fleisher, J.; Cheetham, P.; Manley, H.; Steele, C.; Wynne-Jones, S. (2014). "Geophysical Survey in Sub-Saharan Africa: Magnetic and Electromagnetic Investigation of UNESCO World Heritage Site of Songo Mnara, Tanzania". Archaeological Prospection. 21 (4): 255–262. doi:10.1002/arp.1487. hdl:1911/97372.
  4. ^ Fleisher, Jeffrey; Wynne-Jones, Stephanie (2012). "Finding Meaning in Ancient Swahili Spatial Practices". African Archaeological Review. 29 (2–3): 171–207. doi:10.1007/s10437-012-9121-0.
  5. ^ Fleisher, Jeffery. "How Public Space is Used in Ancient Cities: The Case of Songo Mnara, a Medieval Swahili City in Tanzania" (PDF). Retrieved 20 October 2014. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)

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