Thimlich Ohinga, Kenya
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    Thimlich Ohinga, Kenya

    This project at the 500-year-old prehistoric site of Thimlich Ohinga is directed by Dr. Edward M. Luby of San Francisco State University and Dr. Isaya Onjala from National Museums of Kenya.  The magnificent monumental construction, built with unshaped stones and no mortar, served as a fortification and urban complex, and, after initial abandonment, was reused by several different groups who occupied the site until as recently as a few decades ago. In 1981, after it was abandoned for the last time, the site was designated as a national monument by the government of Kenya.

Gate in outer wall at Thimlich Ohinga. Courtesy of Edward Luby. Thimlich Ohinga. Courtesy of Edward Luby. Outer wall of Thimlich Ohinga. Courtesy of Edward Luby. Outer wall with museum staff for scale. Courtesy of Edward Luby. A fallen tree at the site of Thimlich Ohinga. Courtesy of Edward Luby. Smaller, outer wall of Thimlich Ohinga. Courtesy of Edward Luby. Staff of the National Museum of Kenya at Thimlich Ohinga. Courtesy of Edward Luby. Local community members who attended the workshop Attendees at the community workshop Dr. Onjala explaining damage from vegetation

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