Professor Timothy Insoll - staff photo via University of York
CAIRO – 17 June 2017: A team of archaeologists in Ethiopia discovered an ancient city dating back to the 10th century AD on Saturday.
Egyptian, Indian and Chinese monuments were found in the Harari region. In addition, scientists discovered remnants of a mosque dating back to the 12th century AD, similar to those found in Tanzania and Somalia.
Archaeologists who discovered the mosque said that it showed historical links between Muslim communities in Africa. ‘’ These discoveries prove that this area was a commercial centre in the past,’’ said Timothy Insoll, a British archaeologist, academic and the head of the archaeological team.
The archaeological team issued a statement announcing that they have also discovered artifacts from Yemen, Madagascar, China and Maldives. The human remains of 300 people were discovered in a cemetery as well. These remains are being analyzed in an attempt to discover the type of food they ate at the time. The team added that additional excavations are expected to take place next year.