Thanks to an anonymous donor from Austin, Texas, who saw Museum Africa's website and "decided to donate the only artifact (the donor had) from ancient Africa," the museum has its first ancient African artifact for exhibit. "I thought this might help (MA's) collection," the donor said.
The donor wasn't sure just how old the stone tool was--he or she was told it was 20,000 years old--so MA asked Chicago's famous Field's Museum of Natural History, as well as the prestigious University of Chicago archaeology department to authenticate and date the artifact. We will keep you posted on their findings.
(CNN) -- Can a handful of ancient copper coins from a once-opulent but now abandoned corner of East Africa change what we know about Australian history?
A team of researchers is on a mission to find out.
With its glittering wealth, busy harbor and coral stone buildings, the island of Kilwa rose to become the premier commercial post of coastal East Africa around the 1300s, controlling much of the Indian Ocean trade with the continent's hinterland.
Situated in present-day southern Tanzania, during its heyday Kilwa hosted traders from as far away as China, who would exchange gold, ivory and iron from southern Africa's interior for Arabian pottery and Indian textiles as well as perfumes, porcelains and spices from the Far East. Read more . . .