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Archeological Site

Rock art monuments scatter the landscape at this central Ethiopian site

Tiya is best known for its archeological site, which is distinguished by 36 standing stones or stele, “32 of which are engraved with enigmatic symbols, notably swords,” marks a large, prehistoric burial complex. Tiya is the most important of some 160 archaeological sites in the Soddo region, 82KM south of Addis Ababa, in Ethiopia.

This is a site of an ancient Ethiopian civilization that are visible in Tiya are their monuments, including carved stele with strange symbols that have yet been interpreted.

The most outstanding monuments in Tiya are the standing stones or stele that marks a prehistoric burial complex. The stele are engraved with ancient symbols; most notably swords. Tiya is one of Ethiopia’s World heritage site registered on 1-5 September, 1980.

The site contains 36 monuments, including 32 carved stelae covered with symbols.

Tiya Steles are recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Site.