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Author Davidson, Basil, 1914-2010.

Title The lost cities of Africa / Basil Davidson.

Published Boston : Little, Brown, [1970]
©1970

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Edition Rev. ed.
Physical description xxiii, 366 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
Notes Includes index.
Bibliography Bibliography: pages [339]-357.
Contents Introduction: The Rediscovery of Africa xiii -- 1 Peopling of Ancient Africa 1 -- 1 Possibility of African History 3 -- 2 Lines of Migration 7 -- 3 Desert Barrier 12 -- 4 Giants and Heroes 16 -- 2 Mystery of Meroe 23 -- 1 Lords of the Southern Frontier 25 -- 2 Egypt, Libya, Kush 34 -- 3 Meroe 36 -- 4 Triumph of Kush 40 -- 5 An Athens in Africa? 47 -- 3 Kingdoms of the Old Sudan 51 -- 1 Early West Africa: Discoveries at Nok 53 -- 2 From Kush and Carthage 59 -- 3 Coming of Iron 64 -- 4 "Business with the King of Timbuktu" 71 -- 5 Ghana 81 -- 6 Mali 90 -- 7 Songhay 98 -- 8 Sao and Kanem 104 -- 9 In Darfur 108 -- 10 Eclipse and Survival 117 -- 4 Between the Niger and the Congo 125 -- 1 Beyond the Savannah 127 -- 2 Great Distortion 130 -- 3 Benin 139 -- 4 Unity in Diversity 143 -- 5 To the Southward 149 -- 1 Southern Zanj 151 -- 2 Discoveries at Kalambo 159 -- 3 Foundations of Southern Civilization 163 -- 6 Traders of the Indian Ocean 169 -- 1 Sheba's Cities 171 -- 2 Sailing Down Africa 174 -- 3 Nature of the Trade 178 -- 4 China and Africa 181 -- 7 Fair Cities of Stone 193 -- 1 A Forgotten Civilization 195 -- 2 Arab or African? 202 -- 3 Steps to the Interior 211 -- 8 After Axum 213 -- 1 Greatness of Ethiopia 215 -- 2 Engaruka 224 -- 3 Distant Past of East Africa 228 -- 4 Inland History 231 -- 5 Who Were the "Azanians"? 233 -- 9 Builders of the South 241 -- 1 "An Exceeding Great Country" 243 -- 2 Zimbabwe 246 -- 3 King Solomon's Mines? 250 -- 4 Verdict from the Evidence 254 -- 5 Medieval Rhodesia 259 -- 6 Golden Burials of Mapungubwe 264 -- 7 In the Old Transvaal 269 -- 8 Niekerk and Inyanga: Forts and Terraces 274 -- 10 Reality Behind the Ruins 285 -- 1 Some Points of Comparison 287 -- 2 A Period of Greatness 293 -- 3 Bud and the Flower 299 -- 4 What Is Now Required 307 -- 11 Decline and Fall 313 -- 1 Fabric of Society 315 -- 2 Nomads at the Gate 321 -- 3 Gate Flung Open 324 -- 12 History Begins Anew 333.
Summary Combining archeological evidence and scholarly research, Davidson traces the exciting development of the rich kingdoms of the lost cities of Africa, fifteen hundred years before European ships first came to African shores.
Subject Africa, Sub-Saharan -- Civilization.
ISBN 0316174319