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- National Monuments of Zimbabwe
- Great Zimbabwe: African City of Stone
- National Anthems and National Symbolism: Singing the Nation
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National Monuments of Zimbabwe
Great Zimbabwe was a hectare 1, acres city that flourished between roughly the 10 th and 15 th centuries A. The ruins contain numerous stone enclosures with soaring walls as tall as 11 meters 36 feet. They were made without the use of mortar. Much of Great Zimbabwe is unexcavated and what the different enclosures were used for is a source of debate among archaeologists. The earliest written records for the city date to the 16 th century, a time after it was largely abandoned.
The nation adopted the name Zimbabwe in , using the name that the Shona had long before given to the city. Also the flag of Zimbabwe shows a bird sitting on a pedestal, which is a representation of a type of artifact found at Great Zimbabwe.
Despite the importance of Great Zimbabwe, much of it is unexcavated. The remapping team found that the site encompassed about hectares 1, acres of land and that "its size at any given point in time was considerably smaller than the ha, making up the site today," they wrote in the journal article. They explained that different parts of the city were inhabited at different times and the earliest evidence for habitation dates to around A.
Great Zimbabwe has never been a "lost" city; the people of Zimbabwe have always been aware of its ruins. However, when European explorers arrived in the area in the 19 th and early 20 th centuries, they took artifacts from the ruins of Great Zimbabwe and put forward claims that the city wasn't built by Africans at all, claiming that it was built by the Phoenicians or other groups from Asia or Europe.
He lived from to and claimed that he had found cedar from Lebanon at Great Zimbabwe and "that the ruins were built by the Queen of Sheba," a character mentioned in the Hebrew Bible, wrote Innocent Pikirayi, a professor at the University of Pretoria located in South Africa , in a paper published in the book "Cities in the World, —" Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology, Pikirayi wrote that archaeologists have long since dismissed claims that Great Zimbabwe was built by Phoenicians, people from Europe or the Queen of Sheba.
Today, scholars widely believed that Great Zimbabwe was built by the ancestors of the Shona and other groups located in Zimbabwe and nearby countries. Great Zimbabwe is located in "a tropical savanna climate" where "rainfall is received in October and persists well into April—May," wrote a team of researchers in a paper published in in the South African Archaeological Bulletin.
The research team examined charcoal found at the site and discovered that the inhabitants used types of wood called Spirostachys africana and Colophospermum mopane , which may have been imported from other sites in southern Africa, to construct the city.
Research indicates that Great Zimbabwe declined in the 15 th century; however, climate change was not a cause. The most famous artifacts are eight birds, carved out of soapstone. They "are all about 33 cm [13 inches] in height and were once perched atop pedestals," wrote Paul Hubbard, a researcher at the National Museum and Monuments of Zimbabwe, in a paper published in in the journal "Honeyguide.
Six of the eight birds were found in a place which modern-day archaeologists call the "Eastern Enclosure," which is located on a hill. A number of artifacts obtained through long-distance trade have been found at Great Zimbabwe. These include a 14 th -century Arab coin, the remains of 13 th -century Persian pottery as well as pottery that dates to China's Ming Dynasty A.
Ndoro notes that these artifacts would have been obtained through trade that occurred across the Indian Ocean and that Great Zimbabwe offered gold, among other products, that it could trade abroad. Archaeologists have many questions and disagreements about Great Zimbabwe. The earliest surviving texts that mention Great Zimbabwe date to the 16 th century and were often written by Europeans. This means that archaeologists have to rely, in large part, on the ruins themselves, to determine how the city functioned.
Some scholars think that the city's rulers secluded themselves in a hilltop area where they could conduct rainmaking ceremonies, while others think that the city's rulers were willing to mix with people from different walks of life. Some scholars also think that the city's rulers didn't have a permanent palace but that when a ruler died the heir ruled from wherever they happened to be living at the time.
The relationship between Great Zimbabwe and other cities in the region is also a source of debate. Some scholars think that Great Zimbabwe was the capital of a sizable kingdom or empire that included other cities, such as Thulamela , which is located in modern-day South Africa.
However this idea is disputed. Another idea is that a dynasty of rulers from another city named Mapungubwe moved their capital to Great Zimbabwe in the 13 th century. With only 2 percent of Great Zimbabwe having been excavated, new discoveries may be made in the future that will shed light on the city's history. Live Science. Please deactivate your ad blocker in order to see our subscription offer.
Great Zimbabwe: African City of Stone
Great Zimbabwe was a hectare 1, acres city that flourished between roughly the 10 th and 15 th centuries A. The ruins contain numerous stone enclosures with soaring walls as tall as 11 meters 36 feet. They were made without the use of mortar. Much of Great Zimbabwe is unexcavated and what the different enclosures were used for is a source of debate among archaeologists. The earliest written records for the city date to the 16 th century, a time after it was largely abandoned. The nation adopted the name Zimbabwe in , using the name that the Shona had long before given to the city.
National Anthems and National Symbolism: Singing the Nation
There is a commonly held belief that national anthems have a unique power over people. They are examples of unisonance , which is a situation where people, wholly unknown to one another, utter the same verses to the same melody. National anthems are now a single — but powerful — part of the paraphernalia of national packaging, alongside flags, currency, or postage stamps, the iconography that many of us inherit and which we come to regard as both normal and normative. Yet although the words of these songs are often banal and their tunes mediocre, simultaneously singing an imagined sound seems to bring people together.
Over these years, the programme which is done in primary schools has gained much momentum. Today, 07 May marks 10 days away from the National finals of the Heritage quiz Competition. There is much anticipation as well as anxiety as teams are gearing towards competing in the first ever expanded heritage quiz this year. The day, which coincides with and provides major highlight for the International Museum Day Celebrations shall see ten teams representing the ten provinces of the nation executing all they have in their heritage knowledge reservoirs to make it to the national championship position. Unlike in past years, where only five teams representing five Regional museums of National Museums and Monuments would compete at this level, this year, the grand finale will see representations from ten provinces competing as thus;.
The yellow represents the country's mineral wealth. The red represents the blood spilt during the liberation struggle. Black represents the black majority. The white triangle stands for peace and the "way forward". The Red Star stands for internationalism and reflects the ruling party's socialist credentials. A leaflet from the Ministry of Information, Posts and Telecommunications, Causeway, Zimbabwe Printed by the Government Printer, Harare in July gives the following explanation for the colours and symbols of the Zimbabwean flag: Page 1 shows the flag with irregular star! The party flag has a central panel of black.
When American Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong landed on the moon in July , the first thing he did was to hoist the American flag on the lunar surface. He was later joined by fellow astronaut Buzz Aldrin and together, they spent two and a half hours on the moon. They made history. Similarly, when the same Americans entered Bagdad and toppled Saddam Hussein during the Iraq War in , the first public act they undertook was to bring down the huge statue of Saddam Hussein at the centre of the city to seal their victory. Those acts might seem small and insignificant but they are more than a mere declaration of presence; they are a claim of ownership.
Skip to content. Skip to navigation. In , the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation — which managed the collection of this museum — under the pressure of the German federal government finally returned the fragment of the stone bird to Zimbabwe under the terms of a permanent loan. Back to top. Search by temporal context Search by type of dispute resolution process Search by legal issue Search by adopted solution Search by type of object.
The National Flag of Zimbabwe was officially adopted on April 18, The National Flag of Zimbabwe features seven equal horizontal bands of green top , yellow, red, black, red, yellow, and green with a white isosceles triangle edged in black with its base on the hoist side. A yellow Zimbabwe bird is superimposed on a red five-pointed star in the center of the triangle.