January 19, 2013

Jumba la Mtwana in Mtwapa, Kenya

Jumba la Mtwana is another in a line of ancient stone cities that dot the East African coast; the stone ruins that remain today are the town center and include the houses of the elite class; their presence probably points to a larger community of mud and thatch houses surrounding the ruins. James Kirkman was among the first to excavate this site, and he published a book called Notes on Jumba la Mtwana (which the Rough Guide to Kenya draws on quite heavily). The Friends of Fort Jesus and Homo Sassoon also published Jumba la Mtwana guide. I wish I'd had my hands on one or the other as I stumbled through the ruins with my girlfriend and a local guide.


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