The Eastern hemisphere of the globe is considered much older in comparison with the West. There are differences in their religious thinking as well.The religious activity of the East in opposition to the West is turned towards the spirit. Confucianism, Shinto, Taoism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism are far eastern and Indian religions.On the crest of the mound and its southeast quadrant are many modern graves.The site was visited once and only 30 items were collected. 36° 45'N/ 41° 07'E/ 345 m ASL] is on the right (east) terrace of the Jaghjagh.Environmental, geographical, geological, floral and faunal factors are discussed as the prime determining factors for the choice of Aksum as a metropolis.Beaufort West Overlooked by the high ramparts of the Nuweveld Mountains Beaufort West is the principle and largest town in the Koup and lies at the crossroads to many of the towns and villages of the Great Karoo.
To the south west the N1 highway links Beaufort West with Laingsburg and beyond to Cape Town.Archaeological evidence also seems to secure that the foundation of Aksum took place in the early 1st century AD (Phillipson, 1998: 50; 2000: 475).In the middle of the 2nd century AD, the Greek astronomer and geographer Claudius Ptolemaeus of Alexandria described Aksum as the seat of a king’s palace.Donkin Street, Beaufort West’s main road, is always busy with an almost unceasing flow of traffic along the N1 highway through the town.
The pressure of traffic is augmented by the convergence of the N12 highway from Oudtshoorn in the Klein Karoo which joins the N1 highway for a distance of 81-kilometres before splitting away from the N1 at Three Sisters en-route to Victoria West and Kimberley.
The Persian religious leader Mani referred to Aksum as the court of one of the world’s largest centralized states in the 3rd century AD (Munro-Hay, 1991).