The Gedi Ruins are ruins from an abandoned Medieval Swahili-Arab city located in coastal Kenya. The fact that it is buried in the Arabuko-Sokoke Forest adds mystery to this walled city. Archaeologists believe that this advanced and cosmopolitan city, was established during the early 13th century. The discovery of Ming Chinese vases, Chinese coins and venetian glass beads indicates that the inhabitants traded with other countries. Cowrie Shells are believed to have been the principal currency.
“Local industries and trades likely included pottery production, metal working, construction, spinning and weaving cloth, fishing, trade, and the production of salt.”
“Food production at Gedi likely involved a mixed economy based on livestock, as well as agricultural and horticultural production. Some foods were introduced through trade. Available crops included millet, African rice, cocoyam, coconuts, bananas, citrus fruits, pomegranates, figs, sugar cane, cotton, and various vegetables, while the principal livestock was likely cattle. Sheep, goats, and chickens played an important role as well.”
What is left standing of this city are stone houses, a palace, mosques and a well.