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HISTORY AND ARCHEOLOGY OF LALIBELA ON THE LONG TIME: A SITE IN CONSTANT EVOLUTION [Abstract ID: 0510-08]
The churches of Lalibela, attributed to the sovereign of the same name, King Lalibela, who we know to have reigned in the late 12th century and in the first third of the 13th century. are cut out of solid rock. It is an exceptional archaeological and historical site studied by a team of historians, art historians, archaeologists, liturgist, geo-morphologists… since 2009. Crossing text analysis and archaeological data, this team is now able to distinguish different phases in its history, and sequences of transformation probably reflecting a long occupation period spanning at least eleven centuries (from the 10th to the 21st century). The paper will present the main results of this work.