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THE TIYA MONOLITHS

 

Tiya is among the most important 160 archeological sites discovered (so far) in the Soddo area, south of Addis Ababa.

The pre-historic site of Tiya houses 36 obelisks, including 32 carved stelae covered with symbols, believed to be ancient tombstones.

According to UNESCO, these are the remains of ancient Ethiopian cultures whose age has not yet been precisely determined. The erection of megalithic monuments, such as those, is a very ancient tradition in Ethiopia.

The obelisks are not soaring monoliths as in Axum, but they contain depictions of swords and various symbols, not found in other regions.

The carved monoliths vary in size from 1m to 5m. Their forms fall into several distinct categories: figurative composition, anthropomorphic, hemispherical or conical and simple monoliths. In the northern area, stelae with depictions of swords, associated with enigmatic symbols and schematic human figures can be found.

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