Kumbi , also called Koumbi Saleh , last of the capitals of ancient Ghana , a great trading empire that flourished in western Africa from the 9th through the 13th century. Situated about miles km north of modern Bamako, Mali , Kumbi at the height of its prosperity, before , was the greatest city of western Africa with a population of more than 15, Within its boundaries there were—as was the custom of the early kingdoms of the western Sudan—two cities, one of which was occupied by the king, the other by Muslim traders. Info Print Cite. Submit Feedback.
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Disputed Origins of the Ghana Empire
The site of a ruined medieval town in southeast Mauritania that may have been the capital of the Ghana Empire. They were the founders of the ancient empire of Ghana c. Subgroups include the Maraka and Wangara. A Berber imperial dynasty of Morocco that formed an empire in the 11th century that stretched over the western Maghreb and Al-Andalus. Founded by Abdallah ibn Yasin, their capital was Marrakesh, a city they founded in The dynasty originated among the Lamtuna and the Gudala, nomadic Berber tribes of the Sahara, traversing the territory between the Draa, the Niger, and the Senegal rivers. This regular and intensified trans-Saharan trade in gold, salt, and ivory allowed for the development of larger urban centers and encouraged territorial expansion to gain control over different trade routes.
The early days of Gao, however, which were not described conscientiously in these Tarikhs, have been subjected to polemics in many respects. Our excavations in the archaeological sites of Gao Saney and Gao city since have provided new data that offer an original approach for rewriting the early history of Gao. According to these data, the archaeological site of Gao Saney was occupied by a population including merchants and manufacturers from North Africa from the eighth to the tenth centuries, rather than the commonly accepted date of the eleventh to the thirteenth centuries, inferred from the epitaphs of the neighboring cemetery. Our excavations have also uncovered large buildings made completely of stone in Gao city, known as Gao-Ancient. We consider these as constituting a royal residence protected by a big castle, constructed at the beginning of the tenth century only to be abandoned toward the end of the same century. Our excavations have thus confirmed, for the first time, the very existence of the twin cities of Gao, mentioned by Arabic writers of the tenth and eleventh centuries. We felt happy to show him a part of our discoveries before his premature death in