Iron age tools. Image credit ct.gov

Iron age tools. Image credit ct.gov

ZIMSEC O Level History Notes: Great Zimbabwe: The economic activities of Great Zimbabwe

Economic activities carried out at Great Zimbabwe

  • The people at Great Zimbabwe engaged in a variety of economic activities including:
  • hunting
  • gathering
  • mining
  • the paying and receiving of tribute
  • pottery making
  • blacksmithing (ironworks)
  • trade (both domestic trade and with other tribes and early europeans).
  • pastoralism (mainly cattle and goats)

Items that were exchanged by the people at Great Zimbabwe in return for foreign goods.

  • Various items were traded by the people at Great Zimbabwe in return for foreign goods such as jewellery. These items include:
  • gold
  • copper
  • ivory
  • grain
  • livestock
  • animal skins
  • ostrich feathers.
  • iron tools
  • soapstone bowls

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