The ruins of Gede
are the remains of a mysterious
lost city on the Swahili Coast
of Kenya, located deep within the Arabuko Sokoke forest
. The mystery of Gede (Gedi) is that it does not appear in
any Swahili, Portuguese, or Arab written record
s and present day research
has not yet been able to fully account for what actually happened to the city. The inhabitants were of the Swahili, an ancient trading civilization
that emerged along the eastern coasts
of Africa ranging from
Somalia to Mozambique. Archaeological
excavations carried out
between 1948 and 1958 have uncovered
porcelain from China, an Indian lamp, Venetian beads, Spanish scissors, and other artefacts from all over the world
, demonstrating the occupants were engaged in extensive
international trade. Questions still remain as to what caused the downfall of Gede, but by the 17th century, the city was completely abandoned
to the forest and forgotten until
the 1920s. Today, a National Museum, Gede
's sister cities from the period are part of
the ethnography based archeological work of Dr Chapurukha M. Kusimba
of Chicago's Field Museum, whose lifework
has thrown light on the
precolonial heritage of the Swahili
posted by infini
on Nov 30, 2011 -
is a long, multi-part essay about how computer games deal with the concept of nations and turns it into a game mechanic. The author, Troy Goodfellow of strategy gaming blog Flash of Steel, focuses on how the fourteen indistinguishable national factions of the original Sid Meier's Civilization have been treated by different games through the years. [more inside]
posted by Kattullus
on Aug 15, 2011 -
The ancient web
is an online resource for students, teachers, and anyone interested in the cultures of the ancient world. With the Olympics fast approaching, here is an opportunity to learn more about the past 4500 years of Chinese civilization
. Or how the Celtiberians
would get drunk and eat raw meat before going to war. 24 ancient civilizations in all.
posted by netbros
on Jul 16, 2008 -
All right, but apart from the sanitation
, the medicine
, public order
, a fresh
, and public
, what have the Romans ever done for us?
Oh. Peace? Shut up!
posted by gimonca
on Mar 28, 2005 -
City older than Mohenjodaro unearthed.
This subject has always fascinated me, what is the world's oldest city/civilization? I remember learning in school the standard-tigris and euphrates river valley in Iraq version. But since I left school there seems to have been an ongoing search with multiple claims, here are a few links to newer claims, hamoukar, mohenjodaro, harappa, details of hamoukar, by the archaeologist.
Does anyone have any insights, links are welcome, and what in your opinion is the oldest city/civilization in the world.
posted by bittennails
on Jan 16, 2002 -
The stuff from which Myth is made.
A recent discovery of a meteor impact crater in the middle-east, dating around 2300BC, is shedding new light on the decline of many cultures and the rise of many legends.
posted by mkn
on Nov 15, 2001 -