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Temples, Tombs and Treasures: In Search of the Queen of Sheba Louise Schofield Wednesday 27 November 2019

The fame of the Queen of Sheba has lasted across the many intervening centuries since she made her epic journey from her distant land to the court of King Solomon. In this talk, Louise looks at how the Queen of Sheba has captured the imagination of great artists, inspired epic films and has led aerchaeologists to go in search of her land - a search that has led to discoveries of great temples, tombs and treasures in both the Yemen and Ethiopia.

Louise Schofield has been working in Ethiopia since 2006, directing archaeological, conservation and development projects in that extraordinary country. Her current archaeological site - in Tigray province, northeastern Ethiopia is a temple, probably dedicated to a moon god dating to the 5th century BC - a time when this area formed part of the kingdom of Sheba. Excavations there , in April and May 2015 have uncovered a rich cemetery which includes an extraordinary burial of a 2000 year old Ethiopian ' Sleeping Beauty'.