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TIYA AND ADDADI MARIAM

Tiya (A Prehistoric Tale Told in Pictures): Not far from Addis Ababa, in the Soddo Region, is a Field that contains stelae found nowhere else in the world. A cemetery was uncovered, with bodies buried in the position of prayer. We are in the very mysterious archeological site of Tiya, inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1980.There are 40 stelae in this cemetery. Bodies of people aged 18 to 30 were found,” the custodian in charge of the World Heritage site. “It is likely they were warriors, because the sword is the most predominant image on the stelae.” The largest stele, situated at the entrance of the site, was five meters high but is now broken in two. The top part can be found in the courtyard of the social sciences department at the university in Addis Ababa. “There are no fewer than 13 swords engraved on it, which means this warrior killed 13 enemies,” the custodian continues. No one has been to determine with any certainty the age of the stelae, but the analysis of human remains suggests that they are from the period between the 10th and 15th centuries. The bones and jewels discovered in the tombs have been deposited in the Ethiopian National Museum, while the small improvised museum on the site keeps an unsorted collection of ethnographic objects.

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Photo's by Mekonen Zewdie ©2011 "Ethiopia At a Glance" www.ethiopiaataglance.com

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