Ruins of a stone town in Tanzania
|UNESCO World Heritage Site|
|Part of||Ruins of Kilwa Kisiwani and Ruins of Songo Mnara|
|Inscription||1981 (5th session)|
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. Songo Mnara has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with nearby stone town Kilwa Kisiwani. In total, archaeologists have found six mosques, four cemeteries, and two dozen house blocks along with three enclosed open spaces on the island. Songo Mnara was constructed from rough-coral and mortar. This stonetown was built as one of many trade towns on the Indian Ocean.
- Tanzania’s Ruins of Kilwa Kisiwani and Ruins of Songo Mnara removed from UNESCO List of World Heritage in Danger at UNESCO website
- Stoetzel, Jack (2011). "Field Report: Archaeological Survey of Songo Mnara Island". Nyame Akuma. 76: 9–14.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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