The mortarless stone walls inside the Great Enclosure which is part of the Great Zimbabwe ruins.
One of the most intriguing places in the world may be the country of Zimbabwe, home to Victoria Falls and some of the most remarkable archeological sites, notably Great Zimbabwe from which the country now takes its name. Thomas Huffman, a leading authority on Southern Africa’s Iron Age societies, will speak at Texas State on April 6 at 7 p.m. in Centennial Hall 157. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Huffman’s speech, “Mapungubwe and Great Zimbawe: Pathways to Social Complexity in Southern Africa,” is sponsored by the University Lecture Series. The ruins of Great Zimbabwe are spread over 1,700 acres and date back to the 11th century, although the area had settlements since 350 A.D. The questions of why and how Great Zimbabwe came to be have generated a good deal of academic archeological debate in which Huffman is at the forefront.
Professor emeritus of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, Huffman has worked in Zambia, Zimbabwe and South African for more than 40 years. He has conducted excavations at many of the Iron Age sites and has written a number of books on Iron Age symbolism and culture in South African societies.
Raised in Texas, Huffman took his PhD in anthropology from the University of Illinois. He served for 35 years as the chair of the archeology department at Witwatersrand. His most recent book,”Handbook to the Iron Age: The Archeology of Pre-colonial Farming Societies in Southern Africa,” was published in 2007.
Notable, also, is the suppression of scientific and archeological data, which came to light in the 1970s, when the former government of what was then Rhodesia (now, Zimbabwe), wished to deny that such a society and buildings had African origins.Email | Print