(BBC News) A team of archaeologists has uncovered an ancient, forgotten city in eastern Ethiopia thought to date back as far as the 10th Century when it is believed to have been the centre of trade in the region.
The discovery in Harlaa has revealed artifacts from as far afield as Egypt, India and China.
Among the discoveries made is a 12th Century mosque as well as a cemetery used by the local Muslim population.
The lead archaeologist says the architecture of the mosque is similar to those found in southern Tanzania and Somaliland, proof of historic connections between different Islamic communities in Africa.
Also found were bronze and silver coins from 13th Century Egypt, along with jewellery and other artifacts from Madagascar, the Maldives, Yemen and China.
Farmers in the area have for years found strange objects, including Chinese coins on their land, prompting a local myth that the area was home to giants.