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    What evidence exists that two different social classes was Mapungubwe, a rich and powerful ruling class and a class of ordinary people?

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    Some good info here...http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingdom_of_Mapungubwe

    While I'm sure your textbook will have better information (look in the glossary to help you find the right pages), I found this in WIKIPEDIA; not much help, but evidently more than you have already:


    Mapungubwean society was "the most complex in southern Africa".[9] It is thought by archaeologists to be the first class-based social system in southern Africa; that is, its leaders were separated from and higher in rank than its inhabitants. Mapungubwe's architecture and spatial arrangement also provide "the earliest evidence for sacred leadership in southern Africa".[10]


    Life in Mapungubwe was centred around family and farming. Special sites were created for initiation ceremonies, household activities, and other social functions. Cattle lived in kraals located close to the residents' houses, signifying their value.


    Most speculation about society continues to be based upon the remains of buildings, since the Mapungubweans left no written record.


    The kingdom was likely divided into a three-tiered hierarchy with the commoners inhabiting low-lying sites, district leaders occupying small hilltops and the capital at Mapungubwe hill as the supreme authority.[7] Elites within the kingdom were buried in hills. Royal wives lived in their own area away from the king. Important men maintained prestigious homes on the outskirts of the capital. This type of spatial division occurred first at Mapungubwe but would be replicated in later Butua and Rozwistates.[6] The growth in population at Mapungubwe may have led to full-time specialists in ceramics, specifically pottery. Gold objects were uncovered in elite burials on the royal hill.[7]


     



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