NEW ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIND IN SOUTHEAST ETHIOPIA Southeast of Harar & the ruins of Harla

Author : Meftuh S. Abubaker

Year : May 16, 2014

Contributor: Meftuh S. Abubaker

This report is the result of a site tour, finding the ruins and identifying its location. This is a new archaeological find in the sense we are the first to visiting the remote site to initiate research study to determine its archaeological value though it was known to local inhabitants within the area.

In January of 2013 searching for medieval ruins around Hararge region on satellite I discovered images of ruin villages south & southeast of Harar, in Ethiopia. In this historical and ancient region I also found several settlements of stone built ruins in various locations within proximity of 5 – 13km apart from the medieval wall of Harar. Some of the ruins such as the village of Harawe gei that still maintains its old name is believed to be one of the seven settlements mentioned by Professor Ahmed Zakaria as the precursor of Harar. Another village of ruins with rectangular shape homes are found in the village of Awe Barkhadle among others, just 7km south of the fortified town of Harar.

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