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Keskese (Keskesse) is an archaeological site in Eritrea. It is the seat of an ancient Kingdom of Aksum ruin, and is situated 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) north of Matara.[1] Dating from around 500 BCE, it is renowned for its old stelae. Some of the edifices at the site are inscribed in Ge'ez, and are up to 14 metres in height. Keskese was excavated by Daniel Habtemichael in the early 2000s (decade).[2]

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  1. ^ Schmidt, Peter Ridgway (2006). Historical Archaeology in Africa: Representation, Social Memory, And Oral Traditions. Rowman Altamira. p. 266. ISBN 978-0-7591-0965-0. Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  2. ^ Schmidt, Peter Ridgway; Curtis, Matthew C.; Teka, Zelalem (2008). The Archaeology of Ancient Eritrea. Red Sea Press. pp. 322–3. ISBN 978-1-56902-284-9. Retrieved 30 May 2012. 

Coordinates: 14°44′49″N 39°25′29″E / 14.74694°N 39.42472°E / 14.74694; 39.42472