Yonas Desta removed from Authority for Research and Conservation of Cultural

Yonas Desta

Heritage Ethiopian National Theater replaces Director

After five years as director of Authority for Research and Conservation of Cultural Heritage (ARCCH), Yonas Desta has been removed from his position and replaced by popular archeologist Dr. Yonas Beyene. The letter sent by the PM’s office did not give a reason for Yonas Desta’s removal.

The newly appointed director Dr. Yonas Beyne is known for his work on Paleolithic Archaeology of Konso and Middle Awash, in Ethiopia. Recently, he prepared the Nomination Files that eventually led to the registration of the Konso Cultural Landscape of Southern Ethiopia in UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2011.

He earned his PhD in Prehistoric Archaeology from the Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France, in 1991. He was also a Post Doctoral Fellow at the University of California, Berkley (1992). He is actively engaged in Paleoanthropological and Archaeological research in Ethiopia.

He has published more than 25 articles, together with his collaborators, and individually, some of which appeared in internationally acknowledged scientific journals. His recent works include the “Nomination File” and “Management Plan” of the Konso Cultural Landscape (together with his colleagues), submitted to UNESCO. His research interests include Technology and behavior of the early humans and their land use patterns, cultural landscapes, indigenous knowledge and heritage management.

Since 1995 he served as Head of the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology (later, Paleontology) of the Authority for Research and Conservation of Cultural Heritage (ARCCH), currently, he is Director of “Heritage Collection and Laboratory” in the same institution and teaches “African Archaeology” at Addis Ababa University. He is also a representative of Ethiopia to the World Heritage Committee, UNESCO.

The new director will attempt to explore for more old heritages, repair and maintain the old heritages and attract more tourists.

Former director Yonas Desta helps Meskel festivals, Fihchee Chembelala, Siadma’s new year celebration  and the Oromo Geda system to be registered as intangible world heritages.

In related news Shimeles Tesfaye who ran the  Ethiopian National Theater (ENT)   for the last four years has been replaced by  Messay Demesse who was  Vice Head  for Addis Ababa Culture and Tourism Bureau.

Messay is popular for his authorship of supplementary Mathematics’ books for elementary and high school students. His biography shows that he holds an MA in both Math and International Law.

Former Director, Tesfaye Shemiles , who is a writer of Tamra Bekel Theater which has staged 20 years ago had made great contributions in strengthening  the cultural dance club of  ENT.