Objects uncovered at the site of an old mosque in Domoni, Anjouan have been dated to the 12th century. Other objects include porcelain plates found in a deserted house in the center of the town. The plates had been inset into the ceiling plaster between painted rafters and slats. The plate from the house in the photograph above was identified as Japanese ware made sometime between the 16th and the 18th centuries.The richly ornamented room testifies to the extent and wealth of the townspeople's involvement in the ancient Indian Ocean trade. For more details about Domoni, Anjouan, see Ottenheimer, Martin, 1985, "Marriage in Domoni", Waveland Press, Prospect Heights, IL (Reissued in 1994 by Sheffield Publishing Companiy, Salem, WI).