Description of Jumba la Mtwana Archaeological Site
Jumba la Mtwana archaeological site is a located 15 km North of
Mobasa in Kenya. Jumba la Mtwana is a an archaeological site of a
fifteenth century slave trade port on the shore of an Indian Ocean.
The site contains several houses, four mosques and several tombs.
One of the best preserved structures of Jumba la Mtwana is a "house
of the many doors". It served as a hostel for many travellers with
separate rooms and entrances.
On the site of the ruined city there are four
houses, four mosques and a tomb. The archaeologist James Kirkman
found the ruined city in 1972 during an excavation. The ruins are a
Swahili settlement from the 14th century, which was abandoned in the
15th century for reasons unknown until now. Relatively well
preserved is the "House of the many doors", which probably served as
a hostel, as it had many individual rooms, each with its own washing
facilities. The large mosque by the sea had its own prayer room for
women and oneCistern for ritual ablutions .
In 1982, the
ruined city was named National Monument .