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Notes on the Geography of Zimbabwe: Great Zimbabwe: Photo 14

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What is all this earth doing up here? Answer: this is daga, clay mixed with gravel and carried up the mountain to form level floors, sometimes to a depth of 14 feet. The daga surface has been severely disrupted, but there were apparently 14 dwelling huts in this area.

Then there are those walls. Between 1911 and 1948, a British South Africa Company policeman, Corporal St. Claire Wallace, was seconded to the Department of Public Works and appointed Great Zimbabwe's caretaker. He undertook what Fontein describes (p. 81) as "what turned out to be his life's work--rebuilding huge sections of walling at Great Zimbabwe..." What bits he rebuilt is not obvious, which may do Wallace credit but which also makes understanding the site more difficult. The doorway here makes the wall probably original, because the doorway itself is definitely so.

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