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According to Live Science (This article and its images were originally posted on Live Science February 6, 2019 at 06:39AM.)
Billions of laser scans have revealed a lost city that was once a bustling epicenter in what is now South Africa’s Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve, new research finds.
The newly discovered city, called Kweneng, was once a thriving capital that existed from the 1400s until it was destroyed and abandoned, likely because of civil wars, in the 1820s, said Karim Sadr, a professor of archaeology at the University of the Witwatersrand, in South Africa.
However, it’s not clear if this conflict immediately sounded the city’s death knell. That’s because some of the remaining structures date to between 1825 and 1875, “in what we call the terminal phase” of Kweneng, Sadr told Live Science. [Photos: Ancient Rock Art of Southern Africa]
Researchers have known about Kweneng since at least the 1960s, but they didn’t realize its actual size until now, Sadr said. Revil Mason, the retired director of archaeological research at Witwatersrand University, discovered pre-colonial structures there during an aerial survey in 1968.
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