Finally from a comparative study of several ruins it was established that the plan and construction of Zimbabwe are by no means unique, and that this site only differs from others in Rhodesia in respect of the great dimensions and the massiveness of its individual buildings.
His zimbabwe, wherever it may have been in earlier days, was now;fixed near the Portuguese fort of Masapa, only a short distance south of the Zambezi.
The centre of speculation is a group of extensive ruins at Zimbabwe, in Mashonaland, about 200 m.
The large system of ruined forts and " cities " in Mashonaland, at Zimbabwe and elsewhere, concerning which so many ingenious theories have been woven, have been proved to date from medieval times.
These are usually based in rural areas, growth points and high-density suburbs and are known in Zimbabwe as ' Village Banks ' .