Field and river

20th International Conference of Ethiopian Studies (ICES20)
Mekelle University, Ethiopia

"Regional and Global Ethiopia - Interconnections and Identities"
1-5 October, 2018

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HAILAY Teklay, Tigray Culture and Tourism Bureau

In this presentation I will discuss the immense potential of archaeology spread out across Tigray, from the Pre-Aksumite, to Aksumite and Post-Aksumite periods for the expansion of museums in Tigray. Since the beginning of the 20th century, the region of Tigray/Ethiopia has been attracting many archaeologists. However, in the last ten to fifteen years, research activities were intensified in amount and coverage. The above-mentioned investigations have been carried out both by national and international experts. As the result of the recent discoveries; the history of Tigray/Ethiopia goes back as far as the beginning the first millennium BC, and enormous elaborate objects were unearthed in several archaeological sites. Side by side, parts of the sites are developed into kinds of open-air museum attractions. The discovery of plenty of splendid objects becomes a golden opportunity for the construction of new archaeology-focused museums. The successfully built and officially opened museums (Aksum and Wukro), museums under construction (Yeha and Adigrat) and future plans related to archaeological museums will be discussed.