Adulis: Archeological Excavations, Christian Heritage and Training

Adulis, Eritrea

Amount 166 K $

Years 2020 - 2023

Operator Pontificio Istituto di Archeologia Cristiana

Type of grant Call for projects

(c) Pontificio Istituto di Archeologia Cristiana
(c) Pontificio Istituto di Archeologia Cristiana
(c) Pontificio Istituto di Archeologia Cristiana
(c) Pontificio Istituto di Archeologia Cristiana

Adulis was once part of the vast Aksumite Kingdom (1st-7th century CE), which covered territories in current parts of Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sudan, Djibouti, Yemen, and Saudi Arabia. The project will excavate one of the three late antique churches (6th century). Restoration activities (using local materials such as basalt, schist or mud) and training sessions for Eritrean archeologists will contribute to the protection of this heritage site. The project founded by ALIPH (with the cooperation of L’Œuvre d’Orient) is entrusted to the Pontificio Istituto di Archeologia Cristiana (Rome), which is active in Adulis thanks to an agreement with Ce.R.D.O. (Centro Ricerche sul Deserto Orientale – Varese), led by Angelo Castiglioni, director of the mission, with Serena Massa, scientific coordinator.