UCLA archaeologist working with Mai-Adrasha community to help preserve cultural heritage in Tigrai, Ethiopia
Tigrai Online, March 3, 2017
Archaeologists from UCLA are digging in a relatively unknown site which about 2300 years old found in Mai-Adrasha, Shire in the northern Ethiopian state of Tigrai. UCLA professor Willeke Wendrich and her team have been going back to the site and digging for a few years and they have established an excellent relationship with the local people. The team indicated the local community is very much in support of the work they are doing.
On a recent article published on the University of California UCLA said about the site, “Much is known about Ethiopia’s Aksumite era, which spans from approximately A.D. 100 to 650, when northern Ethiopia was ruled by powerful kings and became a major player in the commercial route between the Roman Empire and ancient India. But archaeologists are eager to unearth artifacts that tell the stories of the culture and lifestyles of the people who lived in the many centuries before the Aksumite era. The UCLA team is currently the only group focusing on Shire”.
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