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Type of site: Cultural
Date of Inscription: 1980
Location: Africa, Ethiopia, Sodo woreda, Gurage zone
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Description: The Soddo region, south of Addis Ababa, has had roughly 160 archaeological sites discovered so far, among which Tiya is among the most significant finds. Tiya holds 36 monuments, including 32 carved stelae covered with symbols, many of which are yet to be deciphered. They are the remnants of an ancient Ethiopian culture of yet undetermined age. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available. For 360 degree imaging of this site, click here.
  Tiya is a town in southern Ethiopia. Located in the Gurage Zone of the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples Region south of Addis Ababa, the town has a longitude and latitude of 8°26′N, 38°37′E. Based on figures from the Central Statistical Agency in 2005, Tiya has an estimated total population of 3363, of whom 1615 were males and 1748 were females. Tiya is known for its adjacent archeological site, which is distinguished by 36 standing stones or stelae, "32 of which are engraved with enigmatic symbols, notably swords," marking a large, prehistoric burial complex. The archeological site was designated a World Heritage Site in 1980. Other neighboring points of interest include Melka Awash and the Hare Shetan crater lake. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. For 360 degree imaging of this site, click here.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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