A public lecture under the title Ethiopian Space Archaeology: Heritage Tourism and the Prester John Myth has been held today, May 09, 2017, at the Multi-purpose Hall, SMU. Honorary guest at the event was H.E. President Girma W/Giorgis, the former President of FDRE and welcoming remarks were made by Wodwosen Tamrat, Associate Professor, Founder and President of St. Mary's University. The lecture, organized by the Research and Knowledge Management Office, in collaboration with the Department of Tourism and Hospitality Management, was conducted by Prof. Marco Vigano, together with Prof. Samuel Walker; both specialists in the area of Heritage Tourism.

 

The lecture largely covered heritage sites little known to few people and unknown to most, but located in Addis Ababa and sites not far from it. Disproving the Euro-centric analysis of heritage relics, the presenters have been able to shed light on sites dating back to the Medieval Period. Prof. Vigano presented Ethiopian maps drawn by monks hundreds of years back. He also claimed that the Menagesha Forest could probably be the oldest national park in the world. Although the lecture targeted students of Tourism and Hospitality Management, present on the occasion were students and staff members from diverse disciplines. Invited guests from the Italian Embassy and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism were also in attendance at the event.