PANEL 1.03

Archæology and ancient history: Focus on the cultures of the pre-Aksumite period

Coordination:
Iris Gerlach, German Archaeological Institute, Orient Department, Sanaa Branch, Germany;
Ayele Bekerie, Mekelle University, Ethiopia.

In the last years the research on the different cultures of the so-called Pre-Aksumite period on the northern Horn of Africa has intensified. A variety of recent national and international projects provided important and advancing new results, which should be presented in this panel. One focus of the topic will be on the contacts of the various societies of that time. In addition questions could deal with the origin of the cultures in the early 1st millennium BC and the development of the Di´amat polity (or Da´amat, vocalization still uncertain). This polity reflects African roots but also external cultural influences. A further subject of the panel may be in what form and with what intensity migration of foreign population groups caused a transfer of culture. The Tigray region was at no time a closed and isolated culture unit, but rather a region where inter-regional contacts played a crucial role and left their traces in the material heritage. The recent results stimulated the revival of controversial discussions about the origin and development of the cultures of the Pre-Aksumite period. The panel should be a forum for this debate, to present the various explanations and to discuss this together. The aim is the collection of scientific facts as well as to gain new impulses for the evaluation of the Pre-Aksumite cultures. We ask the participants of the panel, to present their research on these topics and - of course - to open up new questions or even to present specific material groups. Especially contributions to theoretical approaches and terminological suggestions are also welcome.

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SELECTED PAPERS

Dr.

AYELE BEKERIE

Contextualizing the Ethiopic Writing System

Dr& Dr.

DUGAST Fabienne

& GAJDA Iwona

Reconsidering contacts between Southern Arabia and the highlands of Tigrai in the Ist millennium BC

Prof.

FATTOVICH Rodolfo

Seglamen: A Pre-aksumite Site in Central Tigray

Dr.

GERLACH Iris

Culture Contacts between Saba and Di´amat: New Results of the Ethiopian-German Cooperation Project at the Pre-Aksumite site of Yeha

Mr.

HABTAMU MEKONNEN

Archaeological Investigation at the Ancient Sites of Sobea.

Mr.

HITGEN Holger

Excavations of the German Archaeological Institute in the pre-Aksumite Cemetery of Abiy ‘Addi (Yeha)

Prof.

HUDSON Grover

Ethiopian and Ancient South Arabian Semitic are not Siblings

Dr.

JAPP Sarah

The Archaeological Complex of Hawelti – new research of the German Archaeological Institute in Ethiopia

Dr

MELAKU TEFERA

Religious transformations during axumite era: evedence of archeology of base plate, coinage and rock art

Dipl.-Ing. M.Sc.

SCHNELLE Mike

Grat Be`al Gebri – a Monumental Half Timber Complex of the Early 1st Millennium B.C. in the Ethiopian Highland -:- Comparisons with South Arabian Buildings and the Continuation of the Construction Techniques with Wood in the Ethiopian Building Tradition

Mr.

YOHANNES GEBRESELASSIE

Unpublished Unvocalized Ge’ez Inscription and a New ‘Pre-Aksumite’ bronze cauldron from Central Tigrai, Ethiopia

Authors are advised to submit their paper to the Organizing Committee
before September 30, 2012
.

Papers will be published as pre-proceedings on the website, under each panel section.

Papers should be limited to ca. 5000 words or 30,000 signs (including spaces).

Guidelines to authors for formatting papers:

Transilteration systems for Ethiosemitic languages


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