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Aoudaghost
Aoudaghost is located in Mauritania
Aoudaghost
Location in Mauritania
Coordinates: 17°25′N 10°25′W / 17.417°N 10.417°W / 17.417; -10.417
Country Flag of Mauritania.svg Mauritania
Region

Aoudaghost, (also known as Audaghost, Agdaghust and Tegdaoust), was a major city in ancient mediaeval West Africa, lying in what is now southern Mauritania. It was founded around the fifth century AD as a commercial centre at the southern end of trans-Saharan trade routes.

The settlement grew as the domestication of the camel made journeys easier, but suffered as aridity increased and the local grasslands turned to desert. The city was captured by the Ghana Empire in about 1050, just before Tekrur, allied with the Almoravids, invaded Ghana, taking Aoudaghost in 1055.[1] From the twelfth century, the city was dominated by the Mali Empire, but a gradual decline set in and the town was abandoned in the seventeenth century.

World Heritage Status

This site was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List on June 14th, 2001 in the Cultural category.[2]

Notes

References

  • Levtzion, Nehemia (1973), Ancient Ghana and Mali, London: Methuen, ISBN 0841904316  .

Coordinates: 17°25′N 10°25′W / 17.417°N 10.417°W / 17.417; -10.417


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