Lalibela Cave

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Situated near the east side of Lake Tana, this is one of the very few sites in Ethiopia to have yielded remains of cultivated food plants. In the earlier part of the sequence, dated to the mid 1st millennium be, scrapers and other stone implements were associated with pottery and with seeds of barley, chickpeas and legumes. It is unfortunate that the site throws no light on the antiquity of the cultivation of any of the indigenous Ethiopian food crops. Later deposits at Lalibela Cave contained Iron Age material.

The Macmillan dictionary of archaeology, Ruth D. Whitehouse, 1983Copied