Eritrea has the second highest archeological sites in Africa
The number of archeological sites in the country which was 45,000 previously has now increased to 80,000 thanks to the continued excavation activities undertaken to identify the nation rich relics, according to Dr. Yosief Libsekal, head of the Eritrean National Museum.
Noting that archeological sites and historical places in the country had not been properly explored due to successive colonial rule and wars, he indicated that additional new sites have been discovered in Buya, Northern Red Sea region. Dr. Yoseif further stated that the nation’s archeological sites and historical places are being excavated by nationals in the first place so as to avoid the mistake witnessed in excavation activities of African artifacts by foreigners.
He pointed out that Eritrea ranks second after Egypt in Africa for its rich archeological sites and historical places. Moreover, he explained that there are plans to undertake rehabilitation tasks in a number of archeological sites in the country, including the Metera Statue, the Kidane-Mihret Church in Senafe which was built in the Middle Ages and the Derbush Cemetery in Massawa.
As regards efforts being made to publicize Eritrea’s rich relics and make them get recognition in the list of UNESCO, Dr. Yosief indicated that a documentary film has been produced and displayed to over 13 million people in Germany which won broad acclaim. In addition, two documentary films would be released in 2009 in collaboration with a renowned European company known as Art, he added.