Scott Michael Decker
My WIP (writer-talk for Work In Progress) is "Edifice Abandoned," a science-fiction novel about the Great Zimbabwe and similar stone monuments on the planet Achernar Tertius. Cut off for a millennium by a collapse in interstellar travel, the Shona people revert to a pre-literate, Iron-Age society. They build massive cities of stone and then inexplicably abandon them.
"Sci-fi: Inbound from space on an interstellar flight, Archeologist Nosuma Okande sees far more ancient sites on Achernar Tertius to excavate than the Institute has on record. Setting out to unearth these sites proves more of a challenge than she realizes, bringing her into conflict with local villages and ancient traditions, and with a shadowy force called the Madziva Mitupo, the Hippopotamus Totem."