November 12th, 2006

Coffee Squirrel

Thought you knew Timbuktu?

*** I knew Timbuktu was a place of learning and teaching, but I had no idea that there were actual texts. Here's hoping they can preserve them!******

Libraries in the sand reveal Africa's academic past
By Nick Tattersall
Reuters

TIMBUKTU, Mali - Researchers in Timbuktu are fighting to preserve tens of thousands of ancient texts which they say prove Africa had a written history at least as old as the European Renaissance.

Private and public libraries in the fabled Saharan town in Mali have already collected 150,000 brittle manuscripts, some of them from the 13th century, and local historians believe many more lie buried under the sand.

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