Cognitive Archaeology and Imaginary History at Great Zimbabwe1

  title={Cognitive Archaeology and Imaginary History at Great Zimbabwe1},
  author={David N. Beach},
  journal={Current Anthropology},
  pages={47 - 72}
  • D. Beach
  • Published 1 February 1998
  • History
  • Current Anthropology
The archaeology of Great Zimbabwe in southern Africa is well developed, but supporting evidence from other disciplines is scanty and often suspect. Consequently, the interpretation of many features of the city that flourished ca. 1200–1500 is difficult. Thomas Huffman's well‐known reconstruction of the site's cognitive archaeology relies upon misunderstood documents, dubious oral traditions, and inappropriate comparisons to arrive at a picture of a city that was essentially static in its use of… 

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