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Rise and decline of the Mapungubwe state

Project Leader: Dr Amanda Esterhuysen

Project Coordinator: Jeffrey Sehume

Faculty
Faculty of Humanity
Project started

August 08 2011

Estimated end date:

September 28 2012

Progress

Completed:
Closed
MISTRA's Research Project on Rise and decline of the Mapungubwe state investigates key dynamics of the ancient Mapungubwe society in order to develop insights that are relevant to development challenges for present-day South Africa. The research project raises questions about the interplay between the economy and the environment, trade and innovation, class formation and political legitimacy, religion and social transformation. The project aims to provide a starting point for further journeys of discovery on the interplay between various pre-colonial dynamics. Analysis is being developed on the factors that contributed to the rise of the Mapungubwe society, its state system, the economy, and trade and related factors. Lessons are also being drawn from the dynamics that led to its ultimate decline.
 
The research Project on Rise and decline of the Mapungubwe state was finalised in April 2013 and the research findings were published as a research report entitled Mapungubwe Reconsidered: Exploring beyond the rise and decline of the Mapungubwe state ,  which was presented at a conference at the origins centre in May 2013.

To purchase Mapungubwe Reconsidered: Exploring beyond the rise and decline of the Mapungubwe state  please contact Ms Angela McClelland at angela@ste.co.za or on 27-11-646-2844

Click on the following link to read the report summary: Mapungubwe Reconsidered Summary.pdfMapungubwe Reconsidered Summary.pdf

 
 

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