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Stele Fields

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Created: 30th Aug 2007
Modified: 4th Sep 2008
Historical; Architecture
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Aksum's stele fields hold some of Ethiopia's oldest, world renowned, standing monuments, a group of memorial obelisks.  They were erected between the third and fourth centuries.  These stelae are greater in scale thann those of the Gudit field.  Historians believe that this was a commemorative site, and burials are situated along largest stelae. The size and carving variations reflect social status and wealth of the deceased, and the tallest are thought to commemorate royalty. 
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Northern edge of Askum City
Northern Ethiopia

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