Mysterious Gedi: Kenya's Machu Picchu

In 1927, archaeologists discovered the remains of the fabled city of Gedi deep in the jungles of Kenya, but only recently have they begun to appreciate the advanced nature of the city. (photo)

Founded in the 13th century, the city developed into a "hub for traders from around the globe" until it was mysteriously deserted in the 17th century.

New excavations shine light on the city, with the discovery of Ming Dynasty pottery, Venetian beads and Spanish scissors, proving that "the sophistication of Gedi debunks the concept that Africa wasn’t developed at the time European colonizers arrived on the continent.”