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originally posted by: stonerwilliam
originally posted by: stormcell
originally posted by: username74
a reply to: username74
and we should probably read this
On the coast of England, the coastline has retreated inland by three miles over 500+ years. There are maps that show country roads and villages that no longer exist. Whenever there are severe storms that can disintegrate up to 20 meters of cliffs in places.
Extrapolate that over 2000 years and the coastline of any African country could have retreated by 12 miles. That would eliminate any large city.
I was told a story by a 80 something year old lady where i once stayed , She pointed way way out to sea and said , when she was a girl they farmed out there .
I asked people of a similar age around the village of this and it appears the lady was telling the truth about how far the sea had moved in that 70 + years
originally posted by: Spider879
originally posted by: MamaJ
a reply to: Spider879
This is a really cool story and I am eager to know more. Specifically a question that keeps running through my mind is...possibly naive on my part but I will ask anyway...
How does this find completely alter our understanding of history or how could it?
Look at it this way Rhapta is kinda like finding the legendary city of Atlantis it was mentioned by the Greco Romans as a rich and cosmopolitan city where traders from their known world sought out exotic goods, and if the network was the same as it were for the middle age Swahili states then yeah it's a big deal.
This is what the medieval trade network looked like you would have Cinnamon coming from as far away as Malaysia, spices from India, gold and Ivory from mainland Africa Roman ships would have docked there for instance, then you'd have biological and cultural exchanges at an even earlier date than previously expected this far south.