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MONUMENTAL ARCHITECTURE FROM THE 1ST MILLENNIUM BC IN YEHA – CURRENT INVESTIGATION AND RESTORATION [Abstract ID: 0102-13]
Since 2009 the ancient site of Yeha – known as the center of the community D’MT - has been investigated and touristy developed within an Ethiopian-German cooperation project accomplished by ARCCH (Addis Ababa), TCTB (Mekkele) and the German Archaeological Institute. Topic of the presentation is the examination and restoration of two monumental structures in Yeha. One is the so called Great Temple of Yeha, the other one the so called Grat Be’al Gebri. Both structures dates to the first half of the first millennium BC and show clearly hints of the participation of South Arabian master builders during its construction process. These buildings show completely different construction techniques and building materials. They were destroyed by fire, maybe already in ancient times. In addition to the comprehensive restoration measures of these structures results of the investigations and considerations concerning the building process in ancient times will be discussed.