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Tiya Archeological Site
Quick Facts About Tiya Archeological Site
The Tiya Archeological Site is located in the Gurage Zone of the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples Region of Ethiopia.
It is in the area called Soddo and it is to the south and not far from the capital city of Addis Ababa.
Sodo has over 150 archeological sites with Tiya being one of the most significant.
Tiya has about 46 monuments, including 32 megaliths carved with mysterious symbols.
It is a very mystifying site and was included into the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1980.
Researchers have discovered tools from the Middle Stone Age along with bodies which have been estimated to be from around the 12th and 14th centuries.
Inhabitants of the area refer to these monoliths as Yegran Dingay or Gran's Stone.
Gran being associated with the ruler of the Adal Sultanate, a man named Imam Ahmad ibn Ibrahim al-Ghazi.
Tiya is place where one can come face to face with remnants of the past, although most of these are open to interpretation, due to their not having been deciphered yet.