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Among the gold mines of the inland plains between the Limpopo and Zambezi rivers [there is a]...fortress built of stones of marvelous size, and there appears to be no mortar joining them.... This edifice is almost surrounded by hills, upon which are others resembling it in the fashioning of stone and the absence of mortar, and one of them is a tower more than 12 fathoms high. The natives of the country call these edifices Symbaoe, which according to their language signifies court.--Vi├žente Pegado, Captain, Portuguese Garrison of Sofala, 1531

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  1. Blogger Luke 

    Thank you for using those words ... :)

  2. Blogger Carl V. 

    I assume this is true...if so that is very cool. Love the picture.

  3. Blogger LiVEwiRe 

    You know, this just draws me right in. But... no mortar? Wow! That is amazing; wonderful image to post.

  4. Blogger jenn see 

    now it's been driving me nuts trying to remember if the Gaza pyramids were also constructed without mortar...

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