Great Zimbabwe in Historical Archaeology: Reconceptualizing Decline, Abandonment, and Reoccupation of an Ancient Polity, A.D. 1450–1900

@article{Pikirayi2013GreatZI,
  title={Great Zimbabwe in Historical Archaeology: Reconceptualizing Decline, Abandonment, and Reoccupation of an Ancient Polity, A.D. 1450–1900},
  author={Innocent Pikirayi},
  journal={Historical Archaeology},
  year={2013},
  volume={47},
  pages={26-37}
}
  • I. Pikirayi
  • Published 1 March 2013
  • Sociology, History
  • Historical Archaeology
A recent anthropological critique of the archaeology and cultural heritage management of Great Zimbabwe refers to “the silence of unheard voices and untold stories,” “the unrepresented pasts of local communities,” and “the silence of anger—the alienation—and desecration of Great Zimbabwe” (Fontein 2006). Fontein sees a lack of representation of local histories, not only in the literature, but also in museum displays and in the archaeological narratives (Pikirayi 2001), including heritage… 

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