An archaeological survey of early Iron working sites in South District, Zanzibar

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University of Dar es Salaam
This dissertation presents the results of an archaeological survey conducted in South District, Zanzibar, between November and December 2006. It is based on data collected from a reconnaissance survey which involved both surface and subsurface collections, conducted on several Shehias of South District. This is the first archaeological work aimed at exploring Early Iron Working sites in Zanzibar. No concentration of Early Iron Working archaeological materials have been found during the fieldwork. However, Early Iron Working pottery traditions recovered during the study suggest that there were Early Iron Working communities dating back to the first centuries AD, but probably they were not large enough to leave much archaeological signatures. Evidence comes from the collection of pottery of Kwale and Mwangi and TIW traditions that have been found during the study. The finds also suggest that there was a continuity of human settlements from the ancient period to the modern period contrary to the colonial scholars who denied pre-Islamic settlements along the coast of East Africa.
Available in print form, East Africana Collection, Dr. Wilbert Chagula Library, Class mark (THS EAF CC76.3.K65 )
Archaeological surveying, Archaeology, Zanzibar
Kombo, J.K (2008) An archaeological survey of early Iron working sites in South District, Zanzibar.Master dissertation, University of Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam.