Exhibition "Islam in Enderta. Two Years of Archaeological Survey and Excavations in Eastern Tigray, Ethiopia"

Period : Moyen Âge


From 05/24/2023 at 14 h 00 to 07/24/2023 at 19 h 00

Photography Exhibition, from May 24 to July 24, 2023, in Rome

Free entrance

From May 24 to July 24, the École française de Rome displays in its gallery, at piazza Navona 62, the photography exhibition Islam in Enderta. Two Years of Archaeological Survey and Excavations in Eastern Tigray, Ethiopia.

This exhibition presents the work of the European Research Council (ERC) project HornEast in northern Ethiopia. During four campaigns carried out between 2018 and 2019 before being interrupted by the war, a French-Ethiopian team of archaeologists and historians, helped by local communities, explored the remains of the medieval Islamic past in a region regarded as the cradle of Ethiopian Christianity.

Photographs, videos and thematic panels evoke the discoveries of Muslim funerary sites and their Arabic epitaphs carved in stone, the new data brought by epigraphy and archaeology on the medieval Muslim communities and their funerary practices, and the excavation of a tell occupied for nearly two millennia.

The exhibition opens  will be open from Wednesday 24 May 2023, 2 p.m., on the occasion of the international conference Ethiopians abroad in the Middle Ages and and as part of the projet ERC COG HornEast* (Horn & Crescent. Connections, Mobility and Exchange between the Horn of Africa and the Middle East in the Middle Ages).

Curator: Simon Dorso (ERC HornEast).

Photographers : Deresse Ayenachew, Nicolas Baker, Amélie Chekroun, Simon Dorso, Julien Loiseau, Camille Vanhove.



École française de Rome

ERC HornEast

Institut de Recherches et d'Études sur les Mondes Arabes et Musulmans (UMR 7310 IREMAM, Aix-en-Provence)



From May 24 to July 24, 2023 at the École française de Rome, piazza Navona, 62 - Rome.

Public opening on Wednesday 24 May 2023, at 14.00.

Dates and opening hours:

  • From Monday to Friday: 10.00 - 19.00, on Saturday: 10.00 - 13.00.

Closed on:

  • Monday 29 May;
  • Friday 2 June;
  • Thurday 29 June;
  • Friday 14 July.


Free entrance




*This project has received funding from the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement n° 726206.

Categories : Exposition Archéologie
Published on 05/11/2023 - Last update on 06/09/2023