Ethiopia: Shire


Location: Shire , Ethiopia

Season: 
November 12, 2017 to December 16, 2017

Application Deadline: 
Friday, November 10, 2017

Deadline Type: 
Rolling

Program Type

Field school

RPA certified

no

Affiliation:

Department of NELC/Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA, Institute for Field Research

Project Director:

Prof. Willeke Wendrich, Department of NELC/Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA, Rachel Moy, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA

Project Description

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Located in the Shire region of Northern Ethiopia, this field school will allow students the opportunity to excavate a site which is virtually unexplored. This site is located near the ancient capital of the Aksumite Kingdom (first to sixth century CE) Mai Adrasha, located 50 KM west of Axum. The site, the region, and its complex cultural heritage, provide important information on the sub-Saharan counterpart of the Greco-Roman world. These societies economic base of agriculture and trade resulted in close contact with the North, and an adoption of early Christianity. The research area consists of almost 100 km² and is located east of the modern city of Inda Selassie. The Shire Archeological Project concession comprises of extensive ancient remains dating from the prehistoric to the medieval period. It includes two large sites, Mai Adrasha and Mezaber Adi Menaber. During the 2017 season, students will work in Mai Adrasha, a site under threat of destruction due to continuing panning of natural gold by the local population. In addition to survey and intensive excavations, students will also have the opportunity to participate in community outreach and assist with crucial site management.

Period(s) of Occupation: Pre Asumite

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum age: 
18

Experience required: 
No experience required.

Room and Board Arrangements

Students and staff will be staying in a dedicated excavation house in a quiet neighborhood in Shire/Indaselassie. The accommodations are shared bedrooms, with two or three persons per room and a basic shower and squat toilet in each room. Sheets and pillows will be provided, but participants should bring towels.

Once we start fieldwork, the day is fairly full. We will have breakfast in the dig house at 6:30 am and we leave for the field at 7:15am – arriving there by 7:30 am. A light lunch will be served at 12:00 am. Work in the field concludes each day at 3:30pm. The late afternoons are reserved for lab work and daily lectures. At 6:00 pm we get together in the labs to discuss the day’s work. Every work group gives a brief report on the results, problems and successes. During these meetings we will discuss results and interpretations. You are urged to contribute information and suggestions. At 7:00 pm we will eat dinner as a group at a local restaurant.

Cost: 
All room and board costs are included in tuition. Students will pay for their own weekend meals.

Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
UCLA
Number of credits offered 12 UCLA credit units
Tuition: 
$4,950

Location

Contact Information
Institute for Field Research
2999 Overland Ave. #103
Los Angeles
CA
United States
90064
Telephone: 
8778394374
Recommended Bibliography: 

Shire team 2016 and 2017 preliminary reports for the Authority for Research and Conservation of Cultural Heritage (ARCCH).

Finneran, N. (2005). The Archeological Landscape of the Shire Region, Western Tigray, Ethiopia (Vol. 21, pp. 7–29). Presented at the Annales d’Ethiopie, Editions de la Table Ronde.

Finneran, N. (2007). “A Sense of Place,” in The archaeology of Ethiopia. London; New York: Routledge, Ch. 1 pg. 1-32.

Phillipson, D. W. (2003). Aksum : an archaeological introduction and guide. Nairobi: British Institute in Eastern Africa.

Phillipson, D. W. (2012). “Aksumite Civilization: An introductory summary,” in Foundations of an African civilisation : Aksum & the northern Horn, 1000 BC- AD 1300. Woodbridge, Suffolk; Rochester, NY: James Currey, Ch. 4 pg. 47-50.

Sernicola, L. & Phillipson, L. (2014). Archaeological Expedition at Aksum (Ethiopia) of the University of Naples“ L’Orientale”-2012 Field Season: Seglamen.

ADDITIONAL READING & OTHER SOURCES

Fattovich, R. (2000). The Aksum archaeological area: A preliminary assessment (Vol. 1). Isituto Universitario Orientale, Centro Interdipartimentale di Servizi per l’Archeologia.

Fattovich, R., & A Bard, K. (2001). The Proto-Aksumite period: an overview (Vol. 17, pp. 3–24). Presented at the Annales d’Éthiopie, Editions de la Table Ronde.

Fattovich, R., Berhe, H., Phillipson, L., Sernicola, L., Kribus, B., Gaudiello, M., & Barbarino, M. (2010). Archaeological Expedition at Aksum (Ethiopia) of the University of Naples“ L’Orientale”-2010 Field Season: Seglamen.

Finneran, N. (2007). The archaeology of Ethiopia. London; New York: Routledge.

Finneran, N., Boardman, S., & Cain, C. (2000). A new perspective on the Late Stone Age of the northern Ethiopian highlands: excavations at Anqqer Baahti, Aksum, Ethiopia 1996. AZANIA: Journal of the British Institute in Eastern Africa, 35(1), 21–51.

Finneran, N., & Phillips, J. (2003). The prehistoric settlement of the Shire region, Western Tigray, Ethiopia: Some preliminary observations. Nyame Akuma, (59), 26–33.

Finneran, N., Phillips, J., Desie, A., Cain, C., Harlow, M., & Hagos, T. (2003). The archaeological landscape of the Shire region, Western Tigray, Ethiopia: A preliminary report on the 2001 field season. Azania: Archaeological Research in Africa, 38(1), 139–147.

French, C., Sulas, F., & Madella, M. (2009). New geoarchaeological investigations of the valley systems in the Aksum area of northern Ethiopia. Catena, 78(3), 218–233.

Gajda, I., & Dugast, F. (2013). Investigation on the Site of Wakarida (Saʿesiʿe Tsʿada Emba Woreda/Tigrai).

Harrower, M. J., McCorriston, J., & D’Andrea, A. C. (2010). General/specific, local/global: comparing the beginnings of agriculture in the Horn of Africa (Ethiopia/Eritrea) and southwest Arabia (Yemen). American Antiquity, 75(3), 452–472.

Harrower, M.J. and A.C. D’Andrea (2014) – Landscapes of State Formation: Geospatial Analysis of Aksumite Settlement Patterns (Ethiopia). African Archaeological Review.

Japp, S., Gerlach, I., Hitgen, H., & Schnelle, M. (2011). Yeha and Hawelti: Cultural contacts between Saba’and D’MT—New research by the German Archaeological Institute in Ethiopia. In Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies (Vol. 41, pp. 145–160).

Phillipson, D. W. (1993). The antiquity of cultivation and herding in Ethiopia. Archaeology of Africa : Foods, Metals, and Towns / Edited by Thurstan Shaw, Paul Sinclair, Bassey Andah and Alex Okpoko., 334–357.

Phillipson, D. W. (2003). Aksum : an archaeological introduction and guide. Nairobi: British Institute in Eastern Africa.

Phillipson, D. W. (2012. Foundations of an African civilisation : Aksum & the northern Horn, 1000 BC- AD 1300. Woodbridge, Suffolk; Rochester, NY: James Currey.

Schmidt, P. R., Curtis, M. C., & Teka, Z. (2008). The archaeology of ancient Eritrea. Red Sea Press, Inc.

Terwilliger, V. J., Eshetu, Z., Huang, Y., Alexandre, M., Umer, M., & Gebru, T. (2011). Local variation in climate and land use during the time of the major kingdoms of the Tigray Plateau in Ethiopia and Eritrea. Catena, 85(2), 130–143.

Wolf, P., & Nowotnick, U. (2010). The Almaqah temple of Meqaber Gaʿewa near Wuqro (Tigray, Ethiopia) (pp. 367–380). Presented at the Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies, JSTOR.