Foundations Of An African Civilisation: Aksum And The Northern Horn, 1000 BC - AD 1300 (Eastern African Studies) (Eastern Africa Series)

Foundations Of An African Civilisation: Aksum And The Northern Horn, 1000 BC - AD 1300 (Eastern African Studies) (Eastern Africa Series)

Foundations of an African Civilisation: Aksum and the northern Horn, 1000 BC - AD 1300 (Eastern African Studies) (Eastern Africa Series)

Focuses on the Aksumite state of the first millennium AD in northern Ethiopia and southern Eritrea, its development, florescence and eventual transformation into the so-called medieval civilisation of Christian Ethiopia. This book seeks to apply a common methodology, utilising archaeology, art-history, written documents and oral tradition from a wide variety of sources; the result is a far greater emphasis on continuity than previous studies have revealed. It is thus a major re-interpretation of a key development in Ethiopia's past, while raising and discussing methodological issues of the relationship between archaeology and other historical disciplines; these issues, which have theoretical significance extending far beyond Ethiopia, are discussed in full. The last millennium BC is seen as a time when northern Ethiopia and parts of Eritrea were inhabited by farming peoples whose ancestry may be traced far back into the local 'Late Stone Age'. Colonisation from southern Arabia, to which defining importance has been attached by earlier researchers, is now seen to have been brief in duration and small in scale, its effects largely restricted to élite sections of the community....

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