Mining Art Narrative Gallery

Stratigraphy of Humankind

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South Africa’s rich tapestry of mining history is intricately woven with tales of prosperity, trade, and resilience. At the heart of this legacy lies the ancient Kingdom of Mapungubwe, situated at the confluence of the Limpopo and Shashe rivers. Flourishing between the 11th and 13th centuries, Mapungubwe stood as the most complex society in southern Africa. Its abundant gold deposits journeyed to the bustling markets of India and Arabia, underscoring its past affluence. However, this expansive trade was shadowed by the somber realities of the slave trade.