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Sheikh Harti's tomb in Qa’ableh.
Sheikh Harti's tomb in Qa’ableh.
Country  Somalia
Region Sanaag
Time zone EAT (UTC+3)

Qa’ableh is a town in the northern Sanaag region of Somalia. It is the site of numerous archaeological structures and ancient tombs.


Qa'ableh [Arabic: قعبله] is located near the Haylan historical ruins. An ancient city, it is home to numerous archaeological sites and structures, similar to those found in Qombo'ul and El Ayo, two other old towns in northern Somalia. Most of these historical sites have still yet to be fully explored.[1]

Qa'ableh also notably serves as the seat of the tomb of Harti, the founding father of the Harti confederation of Darod sub-clans. Sheikh Darod's grave is situated nearby in the Hadaaftimo Mountains, and is the scene of frequent pilgrimages.[2]

The town is believed to harbor the tombs of former kings from early periods of Somali history, as evidenced by the many ancient burial structures and cairns (taalo) that are found here.[1]

Historical tombs[edit]

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  1. ^ a b Michael Hodd, East African Handbook, (Trade & Travel Publications: 1994), p.640.
  2. ^ I.M. Lewis, Peoples of the Horn of Africa: Somali, Afar, and Saho, Issue 1, (International African Institute: 1955), p.18-19