Africa: Terra incognita / Bacwezi STRUCTURES

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The Empire of Kitara also known as Bachwezi, Bacwezi, or Chwezi empire is a strong part of oral tradition in the area of the Great Lakes of Africa, including the modern countries of Uganda, northern Tanzania, eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda and Burundi. For almost a century, from the advent of direct European contact in the later 19th century to the latter 20th century, much of scholarship treated the tales as a representation of historical fact, but more recently the scholarship, led by University of Paris scholar Jean-Pierre Chrétien, has cast doubt on the historicality of the stories, interpreting them as a myth. In The Great Lakes of Africa: Two Thousand Years of History, Chrétien contends that the story was created as a response to the dawn of rule under the Luo empire, the sole historical record of an organized Nilotic migration into the area. Ten kilometers south of Bigo Bya Mugenyi is the NTUSI complex. Ntusi trading center is 65 kms from Masaka town branching west at Nyendo trading center. Ntusi archaeological settlement is complex because archaeological evidence exists in abundance in the form of pottery and bones everywhere one walks. And this evidence covers an area of 2 kms square from the county headquarters, especially towards the west and north. Also of great importance archaeologically, are two sizeable mounds locally known as the Ntusi male and female mound. Excavations have been carried out on both mounds and a lot of finds especially pottery and bones, go as deep as 4 metres. There is also a lot of ash in them. Charcoal tests from the diggings have placed the settlement of Ntusi to between 1100-1400 A.D.

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