Photographs 1997 by the author taken when he was Visting Professor at the University of Zimbabwe in Harare. You may use these images without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the photographer and (2) link your document to this URL in a web document or cite the Victorian Web in a print one. In August 1997 the author traveled to Zimbabwe to help Gunnar Listøl and other members of the Department of New Media, University of Oslo, Norway, set of a computer lab for undergraduate teaching and independent study at the University.
According to Rasmusen and Rubert's Historical Dictionary of Zimbabwe , the name Domboshawa derives from the Chishona words dombo (large stone or rock) and shawa (red), and at least half a dozen sites in Mashonaland bear this name, the most important of which "is located c.30 km north of Harare in the present Chinamora Communal Lands (at 17:36'S, 31:8'E). This hill is a massive granite dome containing several shelters with notable rock paintings. These include fine animal and human depictions of several different styles. Some of the human figures are believed to be San representations of Bantu-speaking peoples." (Gunnar Listøl. who arranged my invitation to Zimbabwe, is the tall man in the center.)
A Kopje, or southern African rock outcropping, characteristic of the landscape. These featured importantly during the Boer War in what is now South Africa.
Two examples of the rock painting.
The characteristic grasses on the rocky landscape.
Last modified 15 February 2016