The legendary home to the Queen of Sheba, this significant Banu/Shona trading center from the Middle Ages was the capital of a state that was rich in gold. Archaeology within and around the granite walls reveals the site's prominence in the emerging global trading scene. Great Zimbabwe may have an advantage in this game. With a name that starts with “great” will you be inclined to vote for it?
Timbuktu’s strategic location near the Niger River made it an important African trading center. Timbuktu was an important center for Islamic religion and culture in the 15th and 16th centuries and was home to spectacular mosques, the Koranic Sankore University, and other madrasa, which included numerous Koranic schools and thousands of students. Will the spectacular architecture and history of the site overwhelm the competition in ArchaeoMadness?