Tiya Archaeological Site

Stele

 

Tiya was world heritage designated in 1980. It is 85 km south of Addis Ababa, in the Soddo Region. There are 36 monuments including 32 sculptured stelae up to 5 metres tall. Their age is not yet determined. It is believed to be a funerary site and a cemetery has been found with bodies buried in the position of prayer. 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 stele.” The largest stele, situated at the entrance of the site

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