Ark of the Covenant

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Stuart Butler ponders the mysteries surrounding the Ark of the Covenant. Overshadowed on one side by the modern skyline blotting Church of St Mary of Zion and on the other by the fortified old Church of St Mary of Zion, it would be easy to walk right past the small, squat chapel without ever realising… Read more »

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Lucy: Re-thinking our ancestry

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Last week marked the 41st anniversary of the discovery of ‘Lucy’, the 3.2 million year old skeleton of an early human ancestor. Named after The Beatles song ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’ which was playing on a cassette throughout the campsite, the affectionate and usable name of Lucy helps to portray the fact that… Read more »

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Rock-hewn churches of Lalibela

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Located in the Highlands of Ethiopia is Lalibela, a fascinating town of pilgrimage for Eastern Orthodox Christians. Lalibela is famous for its monolithic churches that rise out of its rocky surfaces. Carved from a single piece of stone, these churches are far from basic or crude; they reflect a sophisticated building tradition and it’s easy… Read more »

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Ethiopia: ‘new species’ of early human found

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A new species of hominin has recently been uncovered in the Afar region, located in Ethiopia’s north-east. The hominin is a branch of the hominoids family, which contains three subgroups that divide humans and our ancestors from chimpanzees and gorillas. The discovery of these remains has now cast further doubt over the theory that our lineage stems from just one early… Read more »

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Ethiopia: Ark of the Covenant

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Stuart Butler, Author for Lonely Planet, ponders the mysteries surrounding the Ark of the Covenant in Ethiopia. Overshadowed on one side by the modern skyline blotting Church of St Mary of Zion and on the other by the fortified old Church of St Mary of Zion, it would be easy to walk right past the… Read more »

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Ethiopia: The Bale Mountains

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[Part 8] This travel diary shares the wonders Ethiopia has to offer from North to South, and the experience of the Timkat Festival.   This was one of the most eagerly anticipated days of my trip in the South. Having read so much about the Bale Mountains in various guidebooks, and speaking to locals in Ethiopia… Read more »

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Ethiopia: Meeting the Mursi

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[Part 7] This travel diary shares the wonders Ethiopia has to offer from North to South, and the experience of the Timkat Festival.   For the first time on this trip it rained the entire night so the roads were waterlogged in places and what was solid red road had become a bed of mud by… Read more »

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Ethiopia: The Omo Valley

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[Part 6] This travel diary shares the wonders Ethiopia has to offer from North to South, and the experience of the Timkat Festival.   As is becoming commonplace in this part of the world, I once again woke up to sublime views of the lake. I couldn’t enjoy the scenery for too long, as we had… Read more »

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Ethiopia: Arba Minch

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[Part 5] This travel diary shares the wonders Ethiopia has to offer from North to South, and the experience of the Timkat Festival.   Since there was a lot of driving still ahead of me I opted for the easier and less tiring option of flying to Arba Minch in the south. There are only 3… Read more »

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