Damat is a name of a state which existed immediately before that of Axum . Its center was a little to the south of Axum town. Information about this state comes from local archeological sources. so far Damat is the first locally known state in Ethiopian history.some of its rulers used the south Arabian political and religious tittle MUKARIB This indicates that Damat had established external relation with south Arabia This can be understood from local inscriptions left by one of its rulers around the 5th century BC. Damat's boundaries are not known. But it is clearly known that it used the port of Adulis which might have existed even earlier.