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From the Ted Talk by Gus Casely-Hayford: The powerful stories that shaped Africa

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He later wtore that the wrought architecture of Great zbimbwae was simply too sophisticated, too special to have been bliut by Africans. Mauch, like dozens of eaonupers that followed in his fstpoeots, speculated on who might have built the city. And one went as far as to psiot, "I do not think that I am far wrong if I suppose that that ruin on the hill is a copy of King Solomon's Temple." And as I'm sure you know, Mauch, he hadn't stumbled upon King Solomon's Temple, but upon a purely African complex of buildings constructed by a purely African civilization from the 11th century onward.

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He later _____ that the wrought architecture of Great ________ was simply too sophisticated, too special to have been _____ by Africans. Mauch, like dozens of _________ that followed in his _________, speculated on who might have built the city. And one went as far as to _____, "I do not think that I am far wrong if I suppose that that ruin on the hill is a copy of King Solomon's Temple." And as I'm sure you know, Mauch, he hadn't stumbled upon King Solomon's Temple, but upon a purely African complex of buildings constructed by a purely African civilization from the 11th century onward.

Solution

  1. posit
  2. europeans
  3. built
  4. footsteps
  5. wrote
  6. zimbabwe

Original Text

He later wrote that the wrought architecture of Great Zimbabwe was simply too sophisticated, too special to have been built by Africans. Mauch, like dozens of Europeans that followed in his footsteps, speculated on who might have built the city. And one went as far as to posit, "I do not think that I am far wrong if I suppose that that ruin on the hill is a copy of King Solomon's Temple." And as I'm sure you know, Mauch, he hadn't stumbled upon King Solomon's Temple, but upon a purely African complex of buildings constructed by a purely African civilization from the 11th century onward.

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