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Sudan expert to deliver public lecture on Musawwarat es Sufra

27 May 2013

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Professor Steffen Wenig, distinguished in the field of Meroitic Studies and Sudanese archaeology, is to deliver a public lecture at UCL Qatar on Musawwarat es Sufra, a unique archaeological site in Northern Sudan. The lecture will take place at 6.30pm on Tuesday 28 May at Education City's Georgetown Building.

Professor Steffen Wenig has worked at various sites in Sudan. He has worked as curator and as deputy director of the Egyptian Museum in Berlin, before becoming Professor for Meroitic Studies, and later for Sudan Archaeology, at the Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany. He organised several major exhibitions on Meroitic art and archaeology, and has edited numerous volumes on the subject.

For more than a millennium, the Kingdom of Kush covered much of modern-day northern Sudan, developing a distinct and strong culture and industry. At the height of its power, it even ruled Egypt for a century, as its 25th Dynasty, and later negotiated with the Roman Empire as an equal. Of particular significance are the remains of massive iron production, near the ancient capital of Meroe. Meroe is also home to most of the pyramids in the region. The lecture will provide an overview of the art and archaeology of this important phase of the history of Sudan, based on more than three decades of research and excavations.

The one hour lecture will be followed by a reception. All are welcome to attend.