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Laser-scanning Shihrazad’s Baths: 1001 Tales of Zanzibar Nights

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posted on 15.04.2020, 11:02 by Laura Basell, Abdullah Ali, Behnam Firoozi Nejad, Ella Egberts, Nicholas Mellor, Mark Horton
This paper presents the first archaeological survey of the ornate Kidichi baths on Zanzibar. The baths were built for or by Shihrazad, a wife of Zanzibar’s nineteenth century ruler Said bin Sultan (1806–1856). Laser scanning the ornate plaster stucco was used to clarify two inscriptions, the precise meaning of which had been lost. By combining archaeological survey results with historical research, and a translation of the inscriptions, a new narrative is presented in which the main protagonist is, unusually, female. Her story raises a host of questions relating to heritage, gender, religion and politics in modern-day Africa and beyond.

Funding

This research was conducted through a GCRF grant awarded to L S Basell (PI) and M Horton (CoI) administered by the NI DoE and QUB. The work would not have been possible without the collaboration and support of the Department of Antiquities, Zanzibar and SUZA.

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Citation

The Antiquaries Journal, 2020, In Press

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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The Antiquaries Journal

Publisher

Society of Antiquaries of London

issn

0003-5815

Acceptance date

07/11/2018

Copyright date

2020

Publisher version

TBA

Notes

OA in QUB repository https://pure.qub.ac.uk/en/publications/laser-scanning-shihrazads-baths-1001-tales-of-zanzibar-nights

Spatial coverage

Zanzibar

Language

English

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