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Creating urban communities at Kilwa Kisiwani, Tanzania, AD 800-1300

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 January 2015

Stephanie Wynne-Jones*
Affiliation:
British Institute in Eastern Africa, Kenya (Email: stephanie.wynne-jones@biea.ac.uk)

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Urban communities on the medieval East African coast have been previously discussed in terms of ethnicity and migration. Here assemblages from coastal towns and from surface survey in the interior are used to paint a different picture of urban (Swahili) origins. The author shows that coast and interior shared a common culture, but that coastal sites grew into ‘stonetowns’ thanks to the social impact of imports: the material culture structured the society.

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Copyright © Antiquity Publications Ltd. 2007

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