Trade

Types of pottery from the Gedi Ruins

Types of pottery from the Gedi Ruins

Map of Kenya

Map of Kenya

There is sufficient evidence that Gedi was once a center of trade throughout eastern Africa. The remains of Chinese pottery indicate that there must have been some contact of the Gedi culture and the Ming Dynasty. Not only have they found pottery, but beads, lamps, and scissors from foreign cultures were discovered within the Gedi ruins. The main exports of the Gedi people were likely ivory, obtained from animal tusks in their area, and animal skins as well. Even without direct documentation that Gedi was involved in trade, its prime location along the Swahili Coast once again points to Gedi being a former trader’s hub.