Manda: excavations at an island port on the Kenya coast

Manda is one of the islands of the Lamu archipelago. The town is the earliest on the coast yet investigated and evidently owes its origins as a port in the 9th and 10th centuries to trade with the Persian/Arabian Gulf. Here one sees the beginnings of Swahili culture, which was later to spread to regions further south, notably Kilwa. Excavations were carried out in 1970 and 1978. The first part of the book presents the history and archaeology of the town, the second part the finds. Three appendices: Samples from lower strata – Counts of imported potsherds and glass fragments – Concordance of strata and periods.

Title: Manda: excavations at an island port on the Kenya coast
Author: Chittick, Neville
Year: 1984
Issue: 9
Pages: 258
Language: English
Series: Memoirs of the British Institute in Eastern Africa
City of publisher: Nairobi
Publisher: British Institute in Eastern Africa
ISBN: 0500970068
Geographic term: Kenya
Abstract: Manda is one of the islands of the Lamu archipelago. The town is the earliest on the coast yet investigated and evidently owes its origins as a port in the 9th and 10th centuries to trade with the Persian/Arabian Gulf. Here one sees the beginnings of Swahili culture, which was later to spread to regions further south, notably Kilwa. Excavations were carried out in 1970 and 1978. The first part of the book presents the history and archaeology of the town, the second part the finds. Three appendices: Samples from lower strata – Counts of imported potsherds and glass fragments – Concordance of strata and periods.