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Project director

Research associate at the Centre of African Studies, SOAS–University of London

Project planning and coordination, Art history

Tania taught and researched African art and archaeology at SOAS–University of London for 25 years. Now retired, she remains a research associate at the SOAS Centre of African Studies, developing ties for research and teaching with universities in Ethiopia and Brazil. Her research interests and the topics of her publications include NE African art and archaeology, Diaspora studies and the Philosophy of art, in particular relating to conflict and representation. She has made several research visits to NE Africa, particularly Ethiopia. Her initial focus was on medieval wall paintings in Ethiopian churches, for which she adopted a multi-disciplinary approach, looking at their historical, art historical and ethnological/ anthropological aspects. Since 2009 she has been running the current SolZag Project to explore certain of these sites archaeologically. Dr Tribe has been awarded several grants for her research.

team members


Dr Dario Piombino-Mascali, mummy specialist

University of Vilnius, Lithuania


Dr Patrick Quinn, petrographer

Institute of Archaeology, UCL, UK


Mr Stephen Rickerby and Ms Lisa Shekede, conservators

London, UK

Consultants to the Ethiopian Heritage Fund


Ato Tilahun Gebreselassie, World Heritage Registration Studies Senior Researcher

ARCCH, Addis Ababa

Former Team Members (with their affiliations at the time)

Ato Abebe Mengistu, field archaeologist, ARCCH, Addis Ababa

Dr Mark Anderson, freelance archaeologist, UK

Ato Chalachew Simeneh, Amhara Region Culture and Tourism Office, Bahir Dar

Mr (now Dr) Brian Clark, postgraduate student, Rice University, Houston, USA

Ato Habtamu Tesfaye, field archaeologist, ARCCH, Addis Ababa

Ato Kidanemariam Woldegiorgis, Lalibela Culture and Tourism Office 

Mr Luca Savelli, postgraduate archaeology student, SOAS, UK

Mr Dil Singh Basanti, postgraduate student, Northwestern University, Evanston, USA

Ms Morgan Elaine Smith, freelance textile specialist, Canada


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