Demonym for someone from the kingdom of D'mt

Demonym for someone from the kingdom of D'mt


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D'mt is a little-studied kingdom which lasted from the 10th to 5th centuries BC, in Eritrea and Ethiopia. For further information, you can look here and just about nowhere else.

The civilization is so obscure that I doubt I'll get an answer, or at least not one more than "there isn't one", but just to try; Is there a demonym historians use to describe people from the kingdom of D'mt?

If you don't know, a demonym is an adjective describing the native place of a person or thing; e.g. Sumerian, Aksumite, Byzantine or Semitic.


I am not a historian, but here's what I've found from a cursory look at the literature.

There's Pre-Aksumite, but that demonym isn't exclusive to D'MT.

From "Punt and Aksum: Egypt and the Horn of Africa.":

There are extensive remains of a Pre-Aksumite culture (that is, the kingdom of D'MT in particular) in the area surrounding Aksum, although little has been excavated until very recently at Aksum itself.

From "The First Millennium BC in the Highlands of Northern Ethiopia and South-Central Eritrea: A Reassessment of Cultural and Political Development.":

Similarly, it is argued that interpretation of the epigraphic evidence as indicating a single 'Pre-Aksumite' state called D'MT is unjustified.

There's also the option of just using D'MT as a demonym.

From "Punt and Aksum: Egypt and the Horn of Africa.":

At this time, a written language was introduced into the D'MT area that seems almost entirely Saba'an in origin, monumental buildings were first constructed in ashlar masonry, and large-scale sculpture was produced.

From "The Development of Ancient States in the Northern Horn of Africa, C. 3000 BC-AD 1000: An Archaeological Outline.":

In turn, the Sabean title mukarib (mkrb), used in the inscriptions of a few D'MT kings, suggests that the pre-Aksumite state was organized on the Sabean model, but the possible role of the queens may reflect a local tradition and support an indigenous origin of the D'MT polity (Schneider 1976).

I would recommend using D'MT as the demonym since it's more specific, and seems to be used more, unless you're discussing the wider Pre-Aksumite culture.

Sources:

Fattovich, Rodolfo. "The Development of Ancient States in the Northern Horn of Africa, C. 3000 BC-AD 1000: An Archaeological Outline." Journal of World Prehistory 23, no. 3 (2010): 145-75. http://www.jstor.org/stable/25801293.

Phillips, Jacke. "Punt and Aksum: Egypt and the Horn of Africa." The Journal of African History 38, no. 3 (1997): 423-57. http://www.jstor.org/stable/182543.

Phillipson, David W. "The First Millennium BC in the Highlands of Northern Ethiopia and South-Central Eritrea: A Reassessment of Cultural and Political Development." The African Archaeological Review 26, no. 4 (2009): 257-74. http://www.jstor.org/stable/40389405.



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