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El Kurru: A Royal City of Ancient Kush

El Kurru: A Royal City of Ancient Kush | Nubia | Scoop.it

We have continued to work on the mortuary temple that we think was devoted to the cult of a dead king (or maybe all the dead kings and queens in the cemetery). It’s a large building, and we have now nearly excavated the entire outer room with 26 columns. Stay tuned for a photo within the next week...

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A blog on current fieldwork reinvestigating the Napatan cemetery at El Kurru.

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El Kurru: A Royal City of Ancient Kush

El Kurru: A Royal City of Ancient Kush | Nubia | Scoop.it

We have continued to work on the mortuary temple that we think was devoted to the cult of a dead king (or maybe all the dead kings and queens in the cemetery). It’s a large building, and we have now nearly excavated the entire outer room with 26 columns. Stay tuned for a photo within the next week...

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A blog on current fieldwork reinvestigating the Napatan cemetery at El Kurru.

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The Sudan Archaeological Research Society | Bulletin : Sudan & Nubia

The Sudan Archaeological Research Society | Bulletin : Sudan & Nubia | Nubia | Scoop.it

Sudan & Nubia is published each autumn. It contains much of interest on recent archaeological fieldwork in Sudan, including many articles on surveys and excavations only undertaken during the previous winter.

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Contents of all the issues of this journal can be found here and full-text PDFs are now available for the 1st six issues.

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Gobero: The No-Return Frontier. Archaeology and Landscape at the Saharo-Sahelian Borderland

Gobero: The No-Return Frontier. Archaeology and Landscape at the Saharo-Sahelian Borderland | Nubia | Scoop.it
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An important set of Early and Mid-Holocene ceramic sites in the southern central Sahara to compare with those of Wadi Howar, Early Khartoum and the Khartoum Neolithic. some well-preserved human burial, nice artefact assemblages and the advent of pastoralism. Unfortunately not much to report of an archaeobotanical sort, despite attempts at recovery. Once again a very nicely published book from the Africa Magna Verlag stable.

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The History of the Peoples of the Eastern Desert

The History of the Peoples of the Eastern Desert | Nubia | Scoop.it
The last quarter century has seen extensive research on the ports of the Red Sea coast of Egypt, the road systems connecting them to the Nile, and the mines and quarries in the region.
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Looks like a very useful edited volume, with updated evidence to better understand the Neolithic, Pan-Grave and Blemmye cultures in Nubia in relation to their desert relations. Also a nicve chapter on tradition management of Wadi vegetation.

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Yes - this is an excellent book covering recent research, and I'm hoping also it will comeout in an e-book.
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We have Positive Relationship with Qatar Museum Authority and the QSAP Project, Interview

We have Positive Relationship with Qatar Museum Authority and the QSAP Project, Interview | Nubia | Scoop.it

The Meroitic town of Hamadab was situated just three kilometers south of Meroë city. It was a common ‘non-royal’ town, but probably related to the capital by economic and personal links. Its temple and two steal bearing a long Meroitic inscription of Queen Amanirenas have been unearthed by John Garstang in 1914.
Excavations and geophysical investigation since 2001 revealed a comprehensive map of an urban settlement of five hectares size. It consisted of a square-shaped Upper Town and suburbs. The Upper Town was originally enclosed by a strong city wall. The main avenue, the temple and large habitation blocks must have been founded by higher authorities in the last two centuries BCE, being followed by a continuity of use and rebuilding over centuries. However, still in the late period of the town during the 3rd century CE, densely built mud brick houses, streets and cross roads still show a regular settlement pattern. Present excavations illustrate the life in a Meroitic town, household activities and handicrafts. Within the suburbs beyond the city walls, pottery kilns and dumps with iron slag and production waste indicate workshops for pottery production, iron smelting, as well as glass and faience manufactures
In early 2012 Dr Jane Humphris, a research fellow at UCL Qatar investigating early iron production in Sudan, traveled to the Meroitic site of Hamadab to join the ‘Hamadab and Meroë Royal Baths’ project of the German Archaeological Institute (DAI). Led by Dr Pawel Wolf, archaeological research at the site of Hamadab has been ongoing for a number of years, and continues to reveal much about life at this urban settlement. One aspect of the site that had remained unexplored until now are the extensive remains associated with a major iron producing industry

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Hafsaas-Tsakos - Edges of bronze and expressions of masculinity: the emergence of a warrior class at Kerma in Sudan

Hafsaas-Tsakos - Edges of bronze and expressions of masculinity: the emergence of a warrior class at Kerma in Sudan | Nubia | Scoop.it

Antiquity Vol 87:335, 2013 pp 79-91 - The author revisits the celebrated cemetery of the Bronze Age Kerma culture by the third cataract of the Nile and re-examines its monumental tumuli. The presence of daggers and drinking vessels in secondary burials are associated with skeletal remains that can be attributed to fighting men, encouraging their interpretation as members of a warrior elite. Here, on the southern periphery of the Bronze Age world, is an echo of the aggressive aristocracy of Bronze Age Europe.

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Azhari Sadig Blog: Es-Sour

Azhari Sadig Blog: Es-Sour | Nubia | Scoop.it

From the blog of Azhari Mustafa, an archaeologist at University of Khartoum

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Es-Sour is a Neolithic site near Meroe in Sudan. This webpage provides a bibliography, as well as some maps and images of the site.

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Jebel Moya, south-central Sudan

Jebel Moya, south-central Sudan | Nubia | Scoop.it

Jebel Moya is a Late Neolithic combined cemetery and settlement locality in south-central Sudan. It was excavated from 1911-14 over four seasons by the founder of the Wellcome Trust, Sir Henry Wellcome. ... 
Overall, close on 2800 graves were excavated (2792 according to Frank Addison, 2791 from my determinations; 1 grave record was duplicated by Addison), though more were recorded (2883), making it one of the largest British excavations ever undertaken in North-East Africa.

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A summary and update of research on Jebel Moya by a PhD research student at UCL, who has been making major progress in the understanding of this important site.

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Architectural Conservation of an Amun Temple in Sudan | Sweek | Journal of Conservation and Museum Studies

Architectural Conservation of an Amun Temple in Sudan | Sweek | Journal of Conservation and Museum Studies | Nubia | Scoop.it
Architectural Conservation of an Amun Temple in Sudan
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Nice images and description of Dangeil temple, as well as detailed on cinservation related scientific analyses. 

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Nubian archaeological sites on GoogleMap

Nubian archaeological sites on GoogleMap | Nubia | Scoop.it
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I put this together mainly for teaching purposes but it may be of wider interest. Nubian is lucky in that so many sites are so cleasrly visible in satellite photos.

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Mini-pyramids of the kingdom of Kush: Archaeologists discover 35 burial chambers in Sudan desert with fascinating links to Ancient Egypt

Mini-pyramids of the kingdom of Kush: Archaeologists discover 35 burial chambers in Sudan desert with fascinating links to Ancient Egypt | Nubia | Scoop.it
Archaeologists excavating a site in in Sedeinga, northern Sudan have discovered 35 pyramids surrounded by graves which they believe date back around 2,000 years.
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nice pictures of Sedeinga Meroitic cemetery.

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Gold and Gold Mining in Ancient Egypt and Nubia - Geoarchaeology of the Ancient Gold Mining Sites

Gold and Gold Mining in Ancient Egypt and Nubia - Geoarchaeology of the Ancient Gold Mining Sites | Nubia | Scoop.it
The book presents the historical evolution of gold mining activities in the Egyptian and Nubian Desert (Sudan) from about 4000 BC until the Early Islamic Period (~800–1350 AD), subdivided into the main classical epochs including ...
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El Kurru, Sudan | Kelsey Museum of Archaeology | University of Michigan

El Kurru, Sudan | Kelsey Museum of Archaeology | University of Michigan | Nubia | Scoop.it

The University of Michigan Nubian Expedition of the Kelsey Museum began a new field project at El Kurru in January of 2013 that aims to relocate this ancient royal capital. We hope it will help us understand the rise of the Napatan dynasty as well as provide insight into society in Kush during this time

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Archaeology of African Plant Use

Archaeology of African Plant Use | Nubia | Scoop.it

While the study of plants alongside archaeological projects has long been established within Europe and the Near East, for much of Africa such studies are much rarer. This volume represents an important contribution to this growing focus of research, and provides an important corpus of work both for the archaeobotanist and African archaeologist alike.

The twenty-two newly-authored chapters are divided into four major areas of study; the archaeobotanies of hominids during the Palaeolithic, the West African Neolithic, the role of plants in the economies and structure of complex societies, and finally a series of case studies that apply new techniques and approaches to African archaeological analyses. The themes of the papers cover such diverse topics as primate plant use, diet and evolution, palaeoenvironmental change, domestication, agriculture, iron production and historical linguistics.

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Includes a chapter in Nubian agriculture and Meroitic state collapse: "

Agricultural Innovation and State Collapse in Meroitic Nubia: The Impact of the Savannah Package" by Dorian Fuller

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CSS&S

CSS&S | Nubia | Scoop.it

A conference concerning the prehistory of Central Sudan will be held in the Universita degli Studi di Milano Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra "A. Desio", Milan Italy on 18 June 2013. It is entitled 'An integrated scientific approach to Central Sudan prehistory: the Al Khiday case'.

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Neolithisation of Northeastern Africa, edited by Noriyuki Shira

Neolithisation of Northeastern Africa, edited by Noriyuki Shira | Nubia | Scoop.it

14 contributions, 256 pages, 62 figs., 15 tables, paperback


see also: http://www.academia.edu/3545293/Reconsidering_the_Mesolithic_and_Neolithic_of_Sudan

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Three Rulers in Nubia and the Early Middle Kingdom in Egypt

Three Rulers in Nubia and the Early Middle Kingdom in Egypt | Nubia | Scoop.it

Recalling the Eleventh Dynasty, the three rulers in
Lower Nubia were a clear threat to the security of
the Twelfth Dynasty Egyptian state. The policy of 

recruiting foreign soldiers backfired when they could
go home with full knowledge of Egypt and its capabilities..

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A reconsideration of the "lost kings" of Nubia, Qakareiny, Gereg-tawy-fy, and Wadj-ka-Re Segersenti. Williams argues that the most likely scenario is that date to the late 11th dynasty period in Egypt but represent a local 'rebel' Kingdom, probably based at Areika.

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A reconsideration of the "lost kings" of Nubia, Qakareiny, Gereg-tawy-fy, and Wadj-ka-Re Segersenti. Williams argues that the most likely scenario is that date to the late 11th dynasty period in Egypt but represent a local 'rebel' Kingdom, probably based at Areika.

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Disclosing Archaeological Complexity of the Khartoum Mesolithic: New Data at the Site and Regional Level - Springer

Disclosing Archaeological Complexity of the Khartoum Mesolithic: New Data at the Site and Regional Level - Springer | Nubia | Scoop.it
In the last decade, prehistoric archaeology in central Sudan and Nubia has been characterised by a regional approach and the use of proper stratigraphic methods in excavation strategies. This has also led to the discovery of well-preserved stratified Mesolithic deposits at sites affected by heavy post-depositional anthropogenic disturbances. For the first time, 65 years after the excavation of the Khartoum Hospital site, it is possible to perceive and describe material production variability, settlement pattern discontinuity and/or continuity. It has now become possible to face the problem of social complexity of hunter–gatherer–fisher groups along the middle Nile Valley, a cultural phase which lasted for at least 3,000 years. The new data suggest a reworking of the static picture of this culture, as emerging from the scientific literature, in order to move the debate in a new and more productive direction. This contribution will only be a first step, based mainly on freshly collected pottery assemblages, towards a new approach to the Khartoum Mesolithic pottery culture. It also begins a critical appraisal of the methodological and theoretical faults that hampered a correct evaluation of the data collected from previous surveys and excavations in central Sudan. Incidentally, it will help to revitalise the study of pottery–bearing hunter–gatherer–fisher societies, and supply fresh data to the worldwide anthropological debate on this complex and yet unresolved topic.
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The Archaeobotanist: Earlier sorghum in Sudan

The Archaeobotanist: Earlier sorghum in Sudan | Nubia | Scoop.it

I have recently been made aware of a small report in Nyame Akuma on Kasala (northeast Sudan), where Italian researchers have restarted research which can be regarded as following on from the 1980s survey headed by R. Fattovich. The new work has included the study of some plant impressions in ceramics published as "Sorghum exploitation at Kasala and its environs, North Eastern Sudan in the Second and First Millennium BC" by Alemseged Beldados and Lorenzo Constantini

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Sorghum antiquity in Africa may finally be closing the gap with India!

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The Neolithic of the Middle Nile Region An Archaeology of Central Sudan and Nubia

The Neolithic of the Middle Nile Region An Archaeology of Central Sudan and Nubia | Nubia | Scoop.it

Azhari Sadig Blog: My First Book. 

The basic objective of this book is to develop earlier studies, in the light of comprehensive new data which has been found in the last 40 years in the Middle Nile Region. The book provides a summary and interpretation of the archaeological evidence of the Neolithic of the region through a theoretical and practical approach to subsistence, economy and settlement patterns.It is written for the non-specialist; however it will also be useful for those archaeologists who, whilst interest in Neolithic because they read about it during the course of their study, only have a basic understanding of the major aspects and approaches by which Neolithic is studied.This book, written by Dr. Azhari Mustafa Sadig, University of Khartoum, is one of the outputs from the spring 2008 "Water, Culture and Identity"- group.

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 Information on this book, with a link to the on-line ebook. This looks to be a very useful compilation and synthesis on the Mesolithic and Neolithic of Nubia. And is freely available on-line through its Ugandan publisher (https://bora.uib.no/handle/1956/3988)

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NA #78 TOC : SAfA : Rice University

Nyame Akume - contents on-line. As part of the more widely useful SAfA website.

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Includes a couple of reports on work in Sudan and South Sudan.

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Oriental Museum : Exhibitions - Durham University

Oriental Museum : Exhibitions - Durham University | Nubia | Scoop.it

17th January – 30th April 2013
This exhibition is the result of photographic and filmic research by Frederique Cifuentes in Sudan from 2004 to 2010. Comprised of Cifuentes’ original material and historic photographs from Durham University’s Sudan Archive, the exhibition offers a new and unique documentation of the remnants of the colonial experience in Sudan from the Ottoman, Egyptian and British periods. It explores how these physical remains of empire have been appropriated in Sudan since Independence.

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Amara West 2013: spoiling for sand

Amara West 2013: spoiling for sand | Nubia | Scoop.it
Neal Spencer, British Museum The archaeology of Amara West town is spectacular: few other sites in the Nile Valley preserve houses of the late New Kingdom (1300-1100 BC), standing to nearly two met...
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Radio Prague - National Museum’s archaeological expedition uncovers more of Ancient Nubia’s secrets

Radio Prague - National Museum’s archaeological expedition uncovers more of Ancient Nubia’s secrets | Nubia | Scoop.it
Last December a group of archaeologists from the National Museum returned
from an excavation expedition in the Sudanese locality of Wad Ben Naga.
They have...
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Developing archaeology in the new South Sudan: General Gordon's fort and other sites of interest

Developing archaeology in the new South Sudan: General Gordon's fort and other sites of interest | Nubia | Scoop.it

Matthew Davies (University of Cambridge/BIEA) will give the next seminar of Term II in the African Peoples and Pasts series at the Institute on 31 January.

Dr Davies' seminar is entitled 'Developing archaeology in the new South Sudan: General Gordon's fort at Laboré and other sites of interest' and all are welcome.

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