Conclusion

It is clear that the Gedi ruins were crucial in understanding where African nations stood in relation to their international counterparts. Nestled in the dense forests of Kenya, the sophisticated society composed of sewage systems, elaborate Mosques, and even a palace were indicative of the superiority these Kenyan people harnessed, contrary to prior beliefs. Artifacts such as pottery and porcelain from the Chinese and glass from Venice only offered more evidence into the trade roots the Kenyans had with other cultures. In turn, this communication was a leading factor as to the integration of Islamic tradition and practice in Swahili culture. Today, the tropical forest engorging  the site has contributed to the breakdown of such structures that were once magnificent; partially due to the muggy, wet climate that does not preserve organic materiel as well as a dryer climate would. However, even though the environment decomposes very rapidly, there are at least 14 homes still intact.

The sudden abandonment of the town might forever be a mystery to archaeologists and is perhaps Kenya’s greatest mystery to date. However, Gedi will always be remembered as one of the most important sites not only in Kenya, but rather, Africa as it could attest to the reality that the African nation was farther developed during colonialism than previously believed. Today, the ruins are under the care of the National Museums of Kenya and in addition, its indigenous forest is a sacred site for traditional rituals and sacrifices for the surrounding community. Finally, if they please, or even dare, tourists can come to catch a glimpse and the feeling of eeriness left behind at the ruins when the town’s people walked away from the settlement.