Beta Samati: discovery and excavation of an Aksumite town

  title={Beta Samati: discovery and excavation of an Aksumite town},
  author={Michael J. Harrower and Ioana A. Dumitru and Cinzia Perlingieri and Smiti Nathan and Kifle Zerue and Jessica L. Lamont and Alessandro Bausi and Jennifer Swerida and Jacob L. Bongers and Helina S. Woldekiros and Laurel A. Poolman and Christie M. Pohl and Steven Brandt and Elizabeth A. Peterson},
  pages={1534 - 1552}
Abstract The Empire of Aksum was one of Africa's most influential ancient civilisations. Traditionally, most archaeological fieldwork has focused on the capital city of Aksum, but recent research at the site of Beta Samati has investigated a contemporaneous trade and religious centre located between Aksum and the Red Sea. The authors outline the discovery of the site and present important finds from the initial excavations, including an early basilica, inscriptions and a gold intaglio ring… 
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