On 8 April 1933, The Illustrated London News reported a remarkable discovery in the Transvaal: a grave of unknown origin, containing much gold-work, found on the summit of a natural rock stronghold in a wild region. This site, Mapungubwe Hill, is on the farm Greefswald where the international borders between South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana meet.
Since the site was discovered in 1933, numerous research and news reports have told the story of Mapungubwe, a flourishing Iron Age metropolis on the Limpopo ruled by an African king almost a thousand years ago. Mapungubwe and K2 are a National Monument and therefore the cultural objects from these sites have been proclaimed as part of a specifically declared heritage collection. The Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape became South Africa’s fifth World Heritage site in July 2003 and in May 2004 it was officially announced as Mapungubwe National Park. http://www.mapungubwe.com/cultural.htm
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