The site is located between Addis Ababa and Butajira about 88 kilometers south of Addis. It is about 50 km from the archeological site of Melka Kunture. The prehistoric site of Tiya houses another collection of some 30 intricately carved stelae and is probably an ancient burial ground. The stelae are not soaring monoliths as in Axum, but they contain depictions of swords and various enigmatic symbols not found in other regions. According to UNESCO, these are the remains of an ancient Ethiopian culture whose age has not yet been precisely determined. The erection of megalithic monuments such as these is a very ancient tradition in Ethiopia.

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