Archaeologists believe they have found the remains of the palace of the Queen of Sheba and of an altar that may once have contained the Ark of the Covenant, the most important treasure of ancient Judaism.

The team from Hamburg University in Germany made the discovery after nine years of excavations in the northern Ethiopian town of Axum aimed at establishing the origins of the Ethiopian state and of the Ethiopian Orthodox church.

Ethiopian tradition claims that the biblical Queen of Sheba was an Ethiopian sovereign named Makeda who returned from her visit to the court of Solomon in Jerusalem (1 Kings 10:1-13) in the tenth century BC bearing their son David, who later became Menelik I, Ethiopia