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British Museum to Return Lock of Hair from Ethiopia’s Emperor Tewodros II

A British museum says it will return a lock of hair that the Ethiopian government considers a national treasure.

The BBC reports that the hair was cut from the head of Emperor Tewodros II, who died during the British invasion of Ethiopia in 1868.

His seven-year-old son Prince Alemayehu was taken to the UK and died later, aged 18.

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The announcement comes at the end of commemorations marking 150 years since the Battle of Maqdala.

The so-called Napier expedition saw thousands of soldiers deployed to face Emperor Tewodros II. The campaign reached the emperor’s fortress at Maqdala in 1868, but rather than become a prisoner, the emperor took his own life.

British forces left with manuscripts, crowns, crosses, chalices, religious icons, royal and ecclesiastic vestments, and shields and arms

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