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Early Iron Manufacturing Industries in Semi-Arid, South-Eastern Zimbabwe

Early Iron Manufacturing Industries in Semi-Arid, South-Eastern Zimbabwe Recent research about the history of human settlement and impact on the environment has focused on part of the semi-arid, south-eastern lowveld of Zimbabwe. Two iron-smelting sites were excavated in 2004. Both sites indicated use of local magnetite resources for production beyond immediate subsistence needs. The Kwali Camp smelting site was used by some of the first farmers in the region, associated with the Gokomere tradition on the southeastern Zimbabwean plateau. The Mhangula smelting site was used in a later period and probably supplied iron to elite communities associated with the Zimbabwe State. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of African Archaeology Brill

Early Iron Manufacturing Industries in Semi-Arid, South-Eastern Zimbabwe

Journal of African Archaeology , Volume 5 (2): 315 – Nov 1, 2007

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Brill
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© Copyright 2007 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
1612-1651
eISSN
2191-5784
DOI
10.3213/1612-1651-10096
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Abstract

Recent research about the history of human settlement and impact on the environment has focused on part of the semi-arid, south-eastern lowveld of Zimbabwe. Two iron-smelting sites were excavated in 2004. Both sites indicated use of local magnetite resources for production beyond immediate subsistence needs. The Kwali Camp smelting site was used by some of the first farmers in the region, associated with the Gokomere tradition on the southeastern Zimbabwean plateau. The Mhangula smelting site was used in a later period and probably supplied iron to elite communities associated with the Zimbabwe State.

Journal

Journal of African ArchaeologyBrill

Published: Nov 1, 2007

Keywords: Iron ore; resources; iron smelting; specialists; early farming communities; Zimbabwe period; semi-arid environment

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