The SRSAH Project archaeological survey has explored a 100 square kilometer area near Yeha, Ethiopia (outlined in black below) since 2009. Our work has documented 84 archaeological sites from small ancient hamlets to larger villages and towns from Pre-Aksumite (1000 - 50 BC) to Aksumite (50 BC - AD 850) periods. The background image of the map below shows evapotranspiration calculated from satellite imagery by SRSAH project collaborator Dr. Martha Anderson of the US Department of Agriculture. The colored strips show areas that our team systematically surveyed as part of a statistical sampling strategy.  

Survey Area of the SRSAH Project

The SRSAH Project Survey Map, by Michael Harrower.


The ancient Aksumite town of Beta Samati is one of the most important places we have discovered. Excavations of Beta Samati in 2011, 2012, 2015, and 2016 have yielded copious evidence of ancient life, including monumental and residential architecture, animal bone, plant remains, coins, metal, glass, jewerly, and a very wide range of both local and imported pottery.


Area A Excavations 2015

Excavations of Area A at Beta Samati in 2015.