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Post by Zmeselo » 18 Dec 2017, 18:28

Adulis: the Silk Road

By Billion Temesghen

-Welcome Prof. Please, introduce yourself to our readers.

My name is Serena Massa, I am an archeologist and I teach at the Catholic University of Milano. I have known Eritrea since 2012 through a joint archeological project for research in the ancient site of Adulis. Every year we schedule a field work in Adulis, excavating on site, and we also schedule yearly training sessions and workshops for young Eritrean archeologists.

When I first arrived in Adulis the magnificent ancient port town with its beautiful ancient stone monuments, I felt sensational. As the work in the field progressed I asked for the help of architects for maintenance and restoration programs. Such things are rare in archeological filed work. Archeologists, restorers as well as maintenance and conservation professionals joining hands in any archeological site is not common. Therefore, Adulis for me was a chance to experience a rare joint work.

-Why is it rare? Why don’t people of different professions work on archeological sites?

Well, that’s because such an opportunity doesn’t present itself very often. There are of course, a lot of technical reasons, but mainly it is about logistics and budget. Having archeologists and restorers working together is extremely expensive. It would be nice to restore every excavated archeological site; however, to bring professionals of different vocations on an actual archeological site is a huge investment. Nevertheless, when archeologists and architects work together they can do wonders, bringing to light things of the past.

-How were you summoned to join the Eritro-Italian project of Adulis? And how did you feel coming to Eritrea for the first time ever?

I’ve been coming to Eritrea since six years ago. I felt delighted when I first set foot in Asmara. It is really a city that promises safety.

Speaking about Adulis, the initiative for the project was made on a local call. Concerned Eritrean authorities called the 'research center of Eastern Desert', Alfredo and Angelo Castiglioni, two Italian archeologists who discovered Verenice Pancriza in Sudan, near Egypt. These two brothers were the first to discover it, so they are very renowned for it. As part of a previously envisioned plan to develop the archeological heritage of the country, the Eritrean government reached out to the Castiglioni brothers, who came here and started working on Adulis as a primary project. So I was summoned by the Castiglioni brothers, to join the project of ancient Adulis. For me, being able to work in Adulis is an ultimate honor. In addition to the Eritrean professionals involved in the site, we have several universities involved as well; like, Universita` Orintale of Naples, Milan’s Politecnico and the Catholic University, which is where I am from.

I still remember vividly, my first time in Adulis. I was totally impressed. Adulis is impressive, not only for the archeological heritage but also for the beauty of the natural environment around it. Adulis is definitely a key ingredient, for the global knowledge.

-That is a good point that you just raised prof. How and why is Adulis significant for the global knowledge as you call it?

It is a key site for the ancient history, because Adulis was the hub of the mercantile network of that time. It gives us hints of cultural and commercial links, between the Indian Ocean and the Mediterranean. The Red Sea in antiquity, can be considered as the Silk Road. However, only few know about this part of history, which is why we feel the urgency to make Adulis a known piece, globally.

-As a professional what is your opinion about Eritrean archeologists? How do you feel about working with them? Eritrea is mostly all about newly educated young professionals. What are some of your observations on the field?

I totally understand, because I learned so much about Eritrea and I know that the country comes with a long history of struggle for independence and sovereignty. However, on the brighter side, the country is now putting out educated professionals, which is step by step growing, in a notable number. In my experience, working with Eritrean archeologists and professionals in general, has been extremely rewarding and I am grateful for that. Yes, I can notice that there is some lack of didactic theories, that you normally take in class of the big universities of the world. Nevertheless, what pleases me the most is that, the young archeologists I work with, are of a commitment I have never seen anywhere else in the world. I noticed how, generally, young Eritreans are eager for knowledge and if there is something I’d want to share, they’d be very attentive and respectful towards me. This is a big asset for the country and something for which the youth should be applauded.

-How about the inhabitants nearby Adulis; do they know about Adulis and its importance?

More than anyone would expect! This is also something, that I want to express my gratitude for. The inhabitants, are very aware of it. Every year during our filed work in Adulis, the tribes’ Heads come to greet us and guarantee us their readiness and willingness to give a helping hand, whenever we need it. Moreover, the manual work force in the site, is made up of men, from the villages around Adulis, who have ample knowledge of the site and its surrounding. So we have constant dialogue, with the inhabitants. Likewise, they understand the delicacy of the field and totally recognize the required working method, that we implement in the field. We all work together in harmony. We eat together and spend days together in the field. We are a family. When it’s time for the workers to pray, because most of them are Muslims, we stop the work for some minutes, take a break and resume soon after. So, what I am trying to say is that Adulis is not only a vision of the Government of Eritrea, the universities involved and professionals, but also, of the people living in the Adulis area. They absolutely are eager, to bring out to light, this big part of history and make it known to the rest of the world. They feel hundred percent responsibility and ownership, towards this task.

-What interested you the most in Adulis?

I can mention many things. But what is special about Adulis, is the fact that it is an open air site. Meaning, Adulis has not been inhabited. Nothing has been constructed upon it. So it is extremely recoverable and maintainable. When the project is finally over, it’ll be open and easy for anyone to see. At the same time, it is also extremely fragile, because normally archeological sites are vulnerable in terms of natural ruins and treasury hunts. Who do you think is currently, the custodian of Adulis? None other, than the people of the nearby villages. They are the owners, they know that well and take good care of Adulis, even when the professional teams are away. And this is what captivated me the most.

-Is Adulis forgotten now that Asmara has taken the spotlight?

No, how could we? Yes, Asmara is a beautiful city. My visit to Eritrea this time, is related with the Asmara Heritage Project. We are now involved in several activities, aiming to maintain and restore Asmara. I have been here, for slightly over a month. But that doesn’t mean, my work in Adulis is over.

Whenever I am in Adulis with the team, we work hard, starting from 6 in the morning, until dark. For the rest of the year, we go back to Italy and continue the Adulis project, in libraries and laboratories. Archeology, is not simply about digging out remains. It is a much more complex procedure. We collect the remains, we wash them, catalogue them very well, carefully pack them and send them, to the Museum of Massawa. Then comes the studying part, which mostly is carried out in Italy. We also try to set conferences aiming to exchange ideas, still about Adulis, with other experts of the International scientific community.

Therefore, with the recognition of Asmara as a world heritage, we do feel extremely proud that now more than ever, the international community will finally enjoy the delight of Asmara. However, Adulis is also an equally important matter, as it is a big link to ancient history.
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Eritrea Beats France 3-2, at the 2017 All Nations Cup.

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Post by Zmeselo » 20 Dec 2017, 05:52

President Isaias Receives Credentials of Six Ambassadors ... bassadors-

Asmara, 19 December 2017

President Isaias Afwerki today received the credentials of six Ambassadors at Denden Hall here in the capital.

The Ambassadors are Ms. Susan Ngongi-Namondo, the United Nations Resident Coordinator, Mr. Toshitsugu Uesawa of Japan, Mr. Michael-Christos Diammesis of the Hellenic Republic, Ms. Agrina Mussa of the Republic of Malawi, Mr. Daniel Cavegn of the Swiss Confederation and Mr. Ramiah Yogarajan of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.

Speaking during the presentation ceremony with Ms. Susan Ngongi-Namondo, President Isaias underlined that the UN offices in Africa need to seek ways and means of tackling the prevailing problems in the continent beyond limiting themselves with drought, hunger and the like.

The President further reminded the United Nations to give due attention to the development of African resources and thereby enable the continent achieve self-reliance besides ensuring development. He also wished the Country Representative successful tour of duty and take the growing Eritrea-UN relations to a higher level.

In the meeting with the Japanese Ambassador, Mr. Toshitsugu Uesawa, President Isaias explained that in view of the fact that aid has little significance in the development of Africa, the continent deserves effective investment from the Japanese side taking into account its substantial resources.

Noting the impressive development Japan has registered through the hard work and rich tradition of its people in overcoming the devastation it sustained in World War II, President Isaias underlined that Africa needs Japanese experience and knowledge, apart from humanitarian aid.

On receiving the Ambassador of the Swiss Confederation, the President pointed out that the issue of illegal migration and human trafficking calls for collective action and as such Eritrea would not entertain illegal bilateral agreements. Noting that the issue of illegal migration and human trafficking has become a 21st Century slavery involving different parties, President Isaias underlined that Eritrea is pressing for free, independent and accountable investigation involving the United Nations. In this connection, the President expressed Eritrea’s readiness to cooperate in the legal process.

President Isaias went on to explain that Eritrea welcomes the Swiss Federation’s programs focusing on human resource development.

While receiving the Ambassadors of the Hellenic Republic, Republic of Malawi, and the Republic of Sri Lanka, President Isaias said that he looks forward to the enhancement of bilateral relations with Eritrea.

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