The UNESCO World Heritage Centre has signed a contract with an Italian construction company to re-erect the Aksum obelisk on its original location in Ethiopia beginning this July. Measuring 24 meters high and weighing 150 tons, the obelisk was transported to Rome by Mussolini’s troops in 1937. In April 2005, the Italian Government ? after UNESCO’s mediation ? decided to return the artifact to Ethiopia. Due to its enormity, it was cut into three pieces before being flown to Aksum, in the country’s north-east, where archaeological digs were underway to prepare for the installation. (UN News)

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