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Old September 30th, 2009, 02:09 AM   #1
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Yeha (ይሐ) | Tigray Region (ትግራይ) | Archeological-Historical Site Gallery (Kingdom of Dʿmt Era)

Wikipedia: Yeha is a village in northern Ethiopia, located in the Mehakelegnaw Zone of the Tigray Region. The Central Statistical Agency has not published an estimate for this village's 2005 population.

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The oldest standing structure in Ethiopia is located in Yeha: the Great Temple. This is a tower built in the Sabaean style, and dated through comparison with dated structures in South Arabia to around 700 BC; although no radiocarbon dating testing has been performed on samples from Yeha, this date for the Great Tower is supported by local inscriptions. David Phillipson attributes its "excellent preservation" to two factors, "the care with which its original builders ensured a level foundation, firmly placed on the uneven bedrock; and to its rededication -- perhaps as early as the sixth century AD -- for use as a Christian church." Two other archeological sites at Yeha include Grat Beal Gebri, a ruined complex distinguished by a portico 10 meters wide and two sets of square pillars, and a graveyard containing several rock-hewn shaft tombs first investigated in the early 1960s. One authority has speculated that one of these tombs contained a royal burial, while another believes the ancient residential area was likely oen kilometer to the east of the modern village.

Yeha is also the location of an Ethiopian Orthodox monastery, founded according to tradition by Abba Aftse, one of the Nine Saints. In his account of Ethiopia, Francisco Álvares mentions visiting this town in 1520 (which he called "Abbafaçem"), and provides a description of the ancient tower, the monastery, and the local church. This church was either the rededicated Great Temple, or a now destroyed building which the Deutsche Aksum-Expedition described in the early 20th century. (The current structure, which exhibits Aksumite architectural features, was built between 1948 and 1949.)


On the way from Axum to Yeha




D'mt era temple, built in 500 BC





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Illuminated painting in 400 year old book in Yeha Church museum



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Nice, but they stick a church and graveyard right in front of the ancient temple, making archeological digs THAT much harder?
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Old October 9th, 2009, 09:12 PM   #4
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beautiful country and a lot of heritage and cultural sights
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beautiful country and a lot of heritage and cultural sights
thanks my friend. same thing with Morocco, stunning place I hope to visit some day. cheers
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Finished making subtitles for this video.. Feel free to share
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Work is being done on the temple

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There is also the "Great Beal Gebri", but I don't know what that is. An other archeological sites at Yeha is the Grat Beal Gebri, a ruined complex distinguished by a portico 10 meters wide and two sets of square pillars, and a graveyard containing several rock-hewn shaft tombs first investigated in the early 1960s. One authority has speculated that one of these tombs contained a royal burial, while another believes the ancient residential area was likely one kilometer to the east of the modern village:

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Thank you Professor Richard Mortel for these photos.
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It's amazing when you see something this old and you look at a stone and you imagen the workers who laid each of those stones
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