“The engineering skill of these Africans was not confined to architecture. Even before Great Zimbabwe became a seat of civilization, Africans in the southern part of the continent had dug the most ancient mines found in the world. Several such ancient mine works and rare minerals were discovered by the German treasure-seeker, Karl Mauch, not far from Great Zimbabwe itself. Yet when this great stone city was found, Europeans not only began to steal the treasure but even the right of the native Africans to lay claim to their own civilization. Many books have been written, trying to prove that this architectural site, which is right in the heartland of Africa, half a thousand miles away from any seacoast, was built by Persians, Phoenicians, Portuguese, Arabs or Chinese. The fact that there are no prototypes for Zimbabwean architecture and art and ritual among any of these foreign peoples does not seem to bother the conjectural historians.”

Source: Dr. Ivan Van Sertima. Blacks In Science: Ancient and Modern. pg. 16. 1983.

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