Are you planning for your next vacation to Ethiopia and you do not know which tourist attractions to enjoy? Planning a trip to a new destination is one of the most challenging part any traveler faces. If Ethiopia is your dream destination in Africa, then never miss exploring the lower valley of the Omo.
This prehistoric site lies next to Lake Turkana and it is one of the most popular sites in the world. It is known for its discovered fossils and mostly the homo gracilis that have become more significant in human evolution studies. This tourist site is situated in south western Ethiopia and covers an area of about 165 square kilometers.
It comprises of the Fejej and Konso paleontological research locations with sedimentary deposits dating back to the plio Pleistocene days. They have featured several hominid and animal fossils including fragments of Australopithecus.
The deposits of human vertebrae fauna and paleo environmental evolution give some highlight about the early stages of the origins and development of Homo sapiens of Africa. The discoveries of the old stone tools in an encampment equally provides highlights of the anciently famous technical practices of the prehistoric beings hence turning this site one of the most important tourist sites.
However, the border areas of these historical sites aren’t marked and there is need for them to be defined to help in understanding all the sites which could have led to this existence of this site and ensure that they are included on record. The site is well protected and aids scientific research activities. It was included under preservation of the Administration of Antiquities around 1969 based on the national law of 1968.
But there is no legal framework is offered to preserve this historical site a part from the general law proclamation number 209/2000 that was set forth the authority for research and conservation of cultural heritage. Several nomads also live adjacent the site which puts it at a risk of being destroyed and there are plans to set up a new bridge about 104 kilometers from the valley.