Revealing Barara: The Long-Lost African Medieval City

Scholars on the ground claim to have finally discovered remains of the legendary Holy Grail of medieval cities in present-day Ethiopia.

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Samuel C. Walker was born and raised in East Africa and subsequently spent fifteen years in the Middle East including Yemen, Israel/West Bank, Jordan, Sudan, and Egypt. He currently is Coordinator-designate for the Lalibela Institute of Advanced Studies through Woldia University in Ethiopia. He holds two Bachelor’s degrees; Religious Studies – Anthropology, and Natural Sciences & History, and two Master’s degrees; History and education (WOU) and Archaeology & Heritage Mgmt. (University of Leicester). For seven years he lived in the Micronesian Pacific islands conducting research on climate change, ecologies, and as field supervisory archaeologist for US Navy projects for EIS and cultural resource management. Since 2012, Walker has worked in Ethiopia, including establishing the Master’s program in Archaeology for Heritage Management at Aksum University, serving as lead field and supervisory archaeologist. With the Ministry of Culture and Tourism (MoCT), he is creating graduate level field-intensive Cultural Resource Management teams (CRMT) specifically to address the critical needs of archaeological site identification, comprehensive field survey, data recovery and excavation field management skills, laboratory analysis and cultural material conservation, and presentation and display of these rich tangible and intangible heritages, as part of his PhD dissertation on Barara in Oromia, Tegulet in Amhara, and Wehni in Tigrai.

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