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ONA ADI: AN ANCIENT MULTICOMPONENT TOWN SITE IN EASTERN TIGRAI [Abstract ID: 0103-04]
Ona Adi is a large ancient town site located in Gulomekeda Woreda of Eastern Tigrai Administration zone. The location of Ona Adi is significant because of its strategic position along historically known trading routes. Ona Adi was linked to important ancient Red Sea trading centers of Adulis, Hirgego, Kohaito, Massawa, and Matara. Since ancient times, Ona Adi has been positioned in a sphere of continuous cultural interaction between settled highland, mostly Christian, agricultural communities and diverse lowland, mostly Muslim Afro-Saho pastoralist groups. Some of the best evidence for Ona Adi trading relationships comes from pottery. This paper presents a summary of excavated pottery analysis results from the site.