Pictorial; What Remains of the Ancient Chwezi Dynasty's Capital Top story

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At Bigo Byamugenyi Archaeological site, located in Ntuusi Sub County in Sembabule district begins the rich history of the ancient Chwezi dynasty. Historians believe the Bachwezi were supernatural beings or demigods, out of whom originated several ethnic groupings in East Africa.

The journey to this historical site of Chwezi people is about 50 kilometers from Sembabule district headquarters towards Lwemiyaga County; through the jungle of thorny shrubs leading to what now lies as shrines of the Chwezi gods at a village called Kabeho.

The archaeological site which is enclosed in a space about 4 square miles, has in it, a diversity of ancient cultural objects including very old spears, calabashes, traditional mats, uniquely-shaped smoking pipes, beads, and several other permanent features such as the defense tranches, deep and wide forts and caves, dug bedrocks among others, which all represent a living heritage history about the Chwezi people.

State Minister for Tourism Godfrey Kiwanda Ssuubi, says the government will soon begin renovating the site after it was recently presented to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization-UNESCO for consideration for a special status of a Tourist Heritage site with an international outlook.
We bring pictures of features from the walk into the archaeological site


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