Finding Rhapta, East Africa’s lost Roman-era city

Mafia Island, off the coast of Tanzania, is a sand island. These rocks suggest the existence of manmade structures. (Alan Sutton)

Mafia Island, off the coast of Tanzania, is a sand island. These rocks suggest the existence of manmade structures. (Alan Sutton)

Forgotten by history, the ancient city of Rhapta is among Africa’s most enduring archaeological mysteries. But a barnacle-encrusted wall, submerged in turbulent waters off Tanzania’s Mafia Island, may be all that remains of it

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Kevin Davie

Kevin Davie

Kevin Davie is M&G's business editor. A journalist for more than 30 years, he has worked in senior positions at most major titles in the country. Davie is a Nieman Fellow (1995-1996) and cyberspace innovator, having co-founded SA's first online-only news portal, Woza, and the first online stockbroking operation. He is a lecturer at Wits Journalism. In his spare time he can be found riding a bicycle, usually somewhere remote. Read more from Kevin Davie

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