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As part of their Archeological Investigations series Arte TV produced an episode Ethiopia - The Legend of Lalibela. Filmed in 2016, the programme features Prof. Peter Eeckhout, of the Université libre de Bruxelles, being shown around Lalibela by one of the team of French archaeologists working there, Marie-Laure Derat, CNRS, Orient et Méditerranée.

"For more than eight centuries, Lalibela, a small town lost in the heart of the Ethiopian mountains, has attracted tens of thousands of Orthodox pilgrims gathering in one of the twelve churches dug in the rock. Archaeologists have decided to shed light on the history of this holy place".

Ethiopia - The Legend of Lalibela (26 mins - French with English subtitles) is available to watch until 13 August 2020.

More recently, the team of French archaeologists working at Lalibela presented some of their findings, in English, at a workshop, France and Israel: Methodologies in Medieval Archaeology, New Perspectives organised by the Centre de Recherche Français à Jerusalem and held between 27-28 May 2019 in Jerusalem.

The findings were presented in the final part of the programme -
Case-study 2: The Case of Lalibela in Ethiopia, Another Jerusalem:

13:30 – 13:50 Dr. Claire Bosc-Tiessé, CNRS/INHA, and Dr. Marie-Laure Derat, CNRS, (lab. Orient & Méditerranée),
Introduction to the Lalibela Project: A Rupestrian Site and the Process of Christianization and Political Control of Central Ethiopia, 11th – 18th centuries.

13:50 – 14:10 Prof. François-Xavier Fauvelle, Collège de France (lab. TRACES),
Sculpted by Angels? A Methodology to Recover the History of the Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela.

14:10 – 14:30 Romain Mensan, Universite Toulouse (lab. TRACES),
Piles of Rubble from the Lalibela Rock Hewn Churches: An Archaeological Potential toward the Understanding of the Site Formation Process.

14:30 – 14:50 Yves Gleize, INRAP (lab. PACEA),
Graves and Cemeteries Bordering Lalibela Churches: Elements of Chronological and Cultural Changes.

14:50 – 15:10 Dr. Marie-Laure Derat, CNRS (lab. Orient & Méditerranée),
Lalibela and Jerusalem: The Attraction of the Holy Land through Architecture, Topography and Hagiography, 13th – 16th centuries.

15:10 – 15:30 Dr. Claire Bosc-Tiessé, CNRS/INHA,
Objects, Paintings and Manuscripts: Other Strata in the History of the Lalibela site.

Note: The recordings will play one after the other - if you watch the Introduction then the rest will play in order.
The Case of Lalibela in Ethiopia, Another Jerusalem - Workshop lecture series
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