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Archaeology of Egypt and Sudan

The Institute of Archaeology is at the forefront of current archaeological research in the Nile valley, with a number of projects including fieldwork, the study of objects in present-day museum collections and critical research into the history and the present practice of archaeology in Egypt and Sudan (as well as neighbouring regions of Africa and Asia). Researchers at the Institute also have an exceptional track record of applying novel methodologies — derived from diverse areas of the social and historical sciences — to archaeological material from the Nile valley.

UCL's Petrie Museum is a major resource in terms of holding material from almost all periods of Egyptian and Sudanese history, and an important place for studying the development of Egyptian archaeology in the 19th and 20th century and the impact of disciplinary history on contemporary understandings and representations of the past.

The Research Network “Archaeology of Egypt and Sudan” serves to pool this expertise. It also helps its members to multiply their resources through shared research, supervision and teaching — primarily in the new BA "Archaeology of Egypt and Sudan" (starting in 2019) and the revised MA "Archaeology and Heritage of Egypt and the Middle East" (starting in 2018) — as well as numerous cooperations with other archaeological institutions in London, the UK and worldwide.

Events

  • The Archaeology of Egypt and Sudan will be organising the Institute of Archaeology Research Seminar series, Term II, 2018/19 on 'Current Research in the Archaeology of Sudan.' This seminar series will bring together current research from members and alumnae of the Institute of Archaeology and colleagues from other UK institutions working in and on Sudan. IoA's "Archaeology of Egypt and Sudan" Research Network takes the series as a chance to explore the expanding research on Sudan and the growing prominence of this research in wider World Archaeology.

Related outputs

  • Garnett, A. 2018. The Stone Village ceramic assemblage. In: Kemp, B. , Tell el-Amarna, spring 2017, Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 102: 14.
  • Näser, C. 2017. Structures and realities of the Egyptian presence in Lower Nubia from the Middle Kingdom to the New Kingdom: the Egyptian cemetery S/SA at Aniba. In: Spencer, N., A. Stevens and M. Binder (eds.), Nubia in the New Kingdom: Lived Experience, Pharaonic Control and Indigenous Traditions. Proceedings of the July 2013 Conference at the British Museum. British Museum Publications on Egypt and Sudan 3. Peeters, Leuven / Paris / Bristol, CT: 557–574.
  • Näser, C. 2017. A Middle Kingdom fortress in the middle of Lake Nubia, Egyptian Archaeo­logy 52: 4-9.
  • Näser, C., P. Becker, K. Kossatz, O. Khaleel Elawad Karrar 2017. Shalfak Archaeological Mission (SAM): The 2017 field season. Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 103.
  • Näser, C., J. Weschenfelder, L. Janotte, K. Kossatz und O. Khaleel Elawad Karrar 2017. Return to the Fourth Nile Cataract: Fieldwork on Sherari Island, 2016. Sudan & Nubia 21: 211–219.
  • Quirke, S. 2018. Languages of artists: closed and open channels. In: Miniaci, G., J. C. Moreno García, S. Quirke, A. Stauder (eds.), The Arts of Making in Ancient Egypt. Voices, images, and objects of material producers 2000–1550 BC. Sidestone Press, Leiden: 175-196.
  • Spataro, M., A. Garnett, A. Shapland, N. Spencer and H. Mommsen 2017. Mycenaean pottery from Amara West (Nubia, Sudan), Journal of Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s12520-017-0552-z
  • Stevens, A. and A. Garnett 2017. Surveying the pharaonic desert hinterland of Amara West. In: Spencer, N., A. Stevens and M. Binder (eds.), Nubia in the New Kingdom: Lived Experience, Pharaonic Control and Indigenous Traditions. Proceedings of the July 2013 Conference at the British Museum. British Museum Publications on Egypt and Sudan 3. Peeters, Leuven / Paris / Bristol, CT: 287-306.
  • Stevenson, A. 2017. Artefacts of Excavation. Archaeology International 20: 63. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/ai.352
  • Tully, G. and C. Näser 2016. Discovering Mograt Island Together – مقرات جزيرة معاً نستكشق بنا هيا. Golden House Publications, London.
  • Winchell, F., C. Stevens, C. Murphy, L. Champion and D. Fuller 2017. Evidence for sorghum domestication in Fourth Millennium BC eastern Sudan: spikelet morphology from ceramic impressions of the Butana Group. Current Anthropology 58 (5): 673-683. DOI: http://doi.org/10.1086/693898

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