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Mombasa Island: A Maritime Perspective

McConkey, Rosemary and McErlean, Thomas (2007) Mombasa Island: A Maritime Perspective. International Journal of Historical Archaeology, 11 (2). pp. 99-121. [Journal article]

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URL: http://www.springer.com/social+sciences/anthropology+and+archaeology/journal/10761

DOI: 10.1007/s10761-007-0025-7


Mombasa’s strategic position on the Swahili Coast and fine harbours were key factors in its emergence as a prosperous city state during the early second millennium AD. These same attributes drew the attention of rival powers in the struggle to control the lucrative Indian ocean trade network, particularly during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Drawing from a rich legacy of cartographic and documentary sources created in the course of Mombasa’s turbulent history, this paper presents the results of a coastal archaeological survey undertaken in 2001 as part of a wider collaborative maritime project.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Mombasa; coastal; Swahili; Portuguese; African archaeology
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Geography and Environmental Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Environmental Sciences Research Institute
ID Code:204
Deposited By: Miss Rosemary McConkey
Deposited On:24 Aug 2009 08:37
Last Modified:28 Mar 2012 15:28

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