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The discovery of an engraving near Mapungubwe that could have been used as an abacus

J. F. Durand
Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif vir Natuurwetenskap en Tegnologie | Vol 23, No 3 | a192 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/satnt.v23i3.192 | © 2004 J. F. Durand | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 23 September 2004 | Published: 23 September 2004

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J. F. Durand, Departement Dierkunde, Randse Afrikaanse Universiteit, Aucklandpark

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A rock engraving discovered near a Khami settlement near Mapungubwe may contribute to our knowledge about the mathematics of a people well known for their trade relations with people from the Middle East. The feature is described and an interpretation of its possible uses as an abacus and as a map is forwarded.


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