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Long-lost city of ‘Giants’ unearthed in Ethiopia

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Long-lost city of ‘Giants’ unearthed in Ethiopia

A team of archaeologists has made a sensational discovery in Ethiopia. Archaeologists have unearthed the remains of a long-lost city in Ethiopia, which according to local legends was once inhabited by giants.

The site of Harlaa is located 120km from the Red Sea coast in Eastern Ethiopia. Image Credit: Tim Insoll

A team of British archaeologists led by Timothy Insoll, a professor at the University of Éxeter (UK) has discovered in eastern Ethiopia an ancient “city of giants” located in Haarla, 120 km from the Red Sea and 300 km from the capital Of the country Addis Ababa.

During the excavations, a 12th-century mosque was found whose construction style is similar to those of Tanzania and Somalia. Its architecture shows the existence of strong contacts between the different Islamic communities of Africa. Archaeologists also found numerous objects and jewelry with origins as diverse as Egypt, India, Madagascar, Yemen, Maldives or China.

These discoveries suggest that Ethiopia was more connected to the world than previously thought. It is believed that the city was an important center of commerce in the region during the period between the X and XV centuries and had commercial links with the Persian Gulf, Egypt, and India.

Archaeologists have excavated countless artifacts at the site. Image credit: Tim Insoll

Furthermore, archaeologists are analyzing the remains of about 300 people found in burial chambers withing the mythical “city of giants” in order to determine what their diet consisted of and to understand more about the origins of this ancient community.

“This discovery revolutionizes our understanding of trade in an archaeologically neglected part of Ethiopia. What we have found shows this area was the center of trade in that region,” lead archaeologist Professor Timothy Insoll from the University of Exeter said.

Local legends speak of giants that inhabited the city, because the buildings and walls of the settlement were built of blocks of stone so large locals thought they could not have been erected by normal people.

And while this may all be exciting, scientists found no evidence whatsoever of the existence of beings of disproportionate stature in the city. Insoll believes that the population living in the town was a mixed community of foreigners and locals engaged in trade and jewelry production.

“The archaeological findings suggest this place was home to a very mixed community. Local people were extremely keen for us to solve mysteries. Farmers had been finding strange objects, including Chinese coins, as they were working on their land, and a legend began that the area was home to giants. We have obviously disproved that, but I’m not sure they fully believe us yet,” Insoll said in a statement.

Ancient cultures all around the globe have legends that speak of giants that once roamed the Earth.

It doesn’t matter what continent we look at, legends of giants exist everywhere.

One of the most curious ancient manuscripts which indicates giants were real was discovered in the Qumran caves—a series of caves, some natural, some artificial, found around the archaeological site of Qumran in the Judaean Desert of the West Bank. There, experts recovered the so-called Book of Giants—an apocryphal Jewish book expanding a narrative in the Hebrew Bible. According to researchers, this ancient text is believed to have been based on the Book of Enoch, considered as a pseudepigraphical work dating back to the third century BCE.

It is said that thousands of years ago, angels and humans interacted freely, a ‘fact’ well documented in the Genesis (6:1-4).

The book specifically focuses on the two children of ShemihazaOhya and Hahya. However, there are many ancient texts that make reference to the Nephilim.

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