Sembel Archaeological Site, Asmara

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Discover the culture of a pre-Aksumite civilization that lived here at Sembel Archaeological Site. The remains of the village were found by accident during the construction of a large hotel, and today the site serves as a renowned and famous attraction for history-lovers. The site gives much evidence of the community, considered to be one of the earliest to have fully embraced agriculture as a means of survival. You can see the exhibition, which showcases artifacts dating back to the 9th century BCE. For travelers who use our international travel planner, Asmara holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Sembel Archaeological Site and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • August 25, 2017
    Your cabbie will go on strike as you navigate the muddy roads towards Sembel. It's really good enough to look at the photographs and imagine you went there...  more »
  • December 28, 2015
    You can go by bus form Asmara to Simbel village and then walk to the site. Or take a cab. Not much left of the 800 b.C. village but interesting.  more »

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