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06 February 2018LANDSCAPES, LEGENDS, ART and ARCHAEOLOGY in ETHIOPIA
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LANDSCAPES, LEGENDS, ART and ARCHAEOLOGY in ETHIOPIA Louise Schofield Tuesday 06 February 2018

Ethiopia: A Mysterious Land:

 Landscapes, Legends, Art and Archaeology in Ethiopia

1) Ethiopia is a mysterious and deeply atmospheric country steeped in history and legend. Its wonderful people, indomitable of spirit despite their many hardships, live a life that is truly biblical and timeless.  Around them are breathtaking landscapes inhabited by demons and spirits of local legend - inspiring wonderful works of art created by the Ethiopians themselves and by those who travelled  there to visit them over the centuries.

2) Temples, Tombs and Treasures: In Search of the Queen of Sheba

The fame of the Queen of Sheba has lasted across the many intervening centuries since she made her epic journey from her distant land to the court of King Solomon. A passage in the Bibles Book of Kings has immortalised this Queen and the journey that she made, her camel caravan laden with gold and incense as gifts for the king of Jerusalem. In this talk Louise looks at how the Queen of Sheba has captured the imagination of great artists, inspired epic films and has led archaeologists to go in search of her land a search that has led to discoveries of great temples, tombs and treasures in both the Yemen and Ethiopia.

3) The Rock-Hewn Churches of Tigray

 Tigray is home to beautifully painted churches hewn from the living rock of its high plateau. Devils, angels, parables and miracles are all painted on their walls - their vivid colours and striking iconography bringing to life the Christianity of Ethiopia.

About our lecturer

Louise Schofield has been working in Ethiopia since 2006, directing archaeological, conservation and development projects in that extraordinary country. Her current archaeological site in Tigray province, north-eastern Ethiopia is a temple, probably dedicated to a moon god and dating to the 5th century BC a time when this area of Ethiopia formed part of the kingdom of Sheba. Excavations undertaken there in 2015 and 2016  have uncovered a rich cemetery which includes an extraordinary burial of a 2000 year old Ethiopian 'Sleeping Beauty'. 

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The image shown above is of the Church of St George, Lalibela.