“This discovery revolutionises our understanding of trade in an archaeologically neglected part of Ethiopia. What we have found shows this area was the centre of trade in that region,” lead archaeologist Professor Timothy Insoll from the University of Exeter said.
According to a report by the BBC, artifacts from Egypt, India and China, as well as jewelry from Madagascar, Maldives, yemen and China were found in the lost city in the Harlaa region.
A 12th century mosque that is similar to some that were discovered in Tanzania and Somaliland was also found, providing a connection of the different Islamic communities in Africa.
Further excavations of the site are expected to be conducted next year.