Sites & cities that bear the name of Dia


Today in : Mali
First trace of activity : ca. 9th century B.C.E
Last trace of activity : today
Recorded names : Dia-Shoma, Dia-Mara

Description : Dia is a small town and seat of the commune of Diaka in the Cercle of Ténenkou in the Mopti Region of southern-central Mali. According to Levtzion, the Diakhanke "remember Dia in Massina as the town of their ancestor, Suware, a great marabout and a saint." The three settlement mound complex, near the Inland Niger Delta, predates Djenne and Timbuktu. Dia-Shoma, as the earliest settlement mound, dates to the 9th century BCE. Dia-Mara dates to sixth century CE. The height of settlement at this complex is reached around the tenth century CE.

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