Ancient City That Dates Back To 10th Century Discovered In Eastern Ethiopia

by Kim Boateng Posted on June 16th, 2017

Lead archaeologist Professor Timothy Insoll from the University of Exeter says a team of archaeologists in Ethiopia have discovered an ancient city that dates back to the 10th century in Eastern Ethiopia. Artifacts from Egypt, India and China, as well as jewelry from Madagascar, Maldives, yemen and China were also reportedly found in the lost city in the Harlaa region.

A 12th century mosque that is similar to some that were discovered in Tanzania and Somaliland was also found, providing a connection of the different Islamic communities in Africa.

Lead archaeologist Professor Timothy Insoll from the University of Exeter said.

“This discovery revolutionises our understanding of trade in an archaeologically neglected part of Ethiopia. What we have found shows this area was the centre of trade in that region,”


Further excavations of the site are expected to be conducted next year.

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