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WhUo North Africa teems wllh tbe remains of the ancient Egypt'an and R< nun clvll'zUlon, no other psrt of the word Is lbo destitute of prehistoric remains as the remainder of tho dark continent. Savage Africa is non In the beginning of an Iron age, and not until wltbin the past two or three yeara have any vestiges of the stone age been discovered; m all his wanderings Livingstone never picked up so muoh aa a flint arrowhead, Rrosntly, however, quite a nnmber of ancient stone Implements have bejn unearthed m Angola and on the lower Congo. There Is one part of South Afrlo* where extensive remains of prehistoric people hava been dlaoovered. The region extends several hundred miles inland from th osst ooast, between 18 and 20 decrees south latitude. This Is the region where Rider Haggard laid the scene of his story " She," and tbe ruins of great stone walls and towers and olties tbat have been found there leave no doubt tbat In pre* histor'o times tbe oountry wai cocupled by a civilised people, and that tbey had not only one or two cities, bnt ocoupied a large extent of oountry snd formed a fair t'z id state." Some of the walls of these ancient towns are 12 feat thick at the base and reach even now <.' height of 30 feet., Considering the d fference of climate, it Is believed that these ruins havo stood nearly as long a* the most enduring monuments of Egyptian civilisation. Those Interesting ro'ios have not yet been solentlftoally studied, but It wllf 'not be surprising If the exploration of the future justify the present aupposlticn that the founders of these olties were Pho_u'oian colonists, who while founding colonies m North Africa and Spain did not neglco v . thia far southern part of A f rica, whero thoy were induced *o settle by tho di'so^very of gold m Its mountains ard river bod*. But m the most of Africa there is no'hhg left to disclose tba stimog hisrory of ear y days, when wave af'er wave of population swept over the land, and is still occurring to some extent the newcome*, building* their homos and founding BU(h prosporl'y as savage paop'e enjoy upon tbe ruins of tbeir predooesaors.

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ANCIENT AFJUCA., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2189, 2 August 1889

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ANCIENT AFJUCA. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2189, 2 August 1889

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