About Qatar Sudan Archaeological Project
Imbedded deep across the sands of the Nubian Desert, stand monumental gems that map out the rich archaeological history and heritage of Sudan. The Qatar-Sudan Archaeological Project (QSAP) aims to explore, revive and promote tourism in these vast sites of cultural interest. Founded in 2012, the initiative is a joint venture between Qatar and Sudan.
QSAP works closely with the Sudanese National Corporation for Antiquities and Museums and its Qatari counterpart, Qatar Museums. Within this framework, it currently serves as an umbrella for 41 missions engaged in surveying unexplored landscapes, the excavation and conservation of ancient monuments, the construction of new visitor centres, but also the study of the ancient Meroitic language in the regions along the banks of the Nile and in the hinterlands of the northern part of Sudan.
Collectively, the research contributes significantly to the reconstruction of Sudan’s civilizations and cultures, creating a stunning amount of archaeological and historical records in the process that give new insight into Sudan’s history, spanning more than 350,000 years from the early prehistoric period of Sudan to the Kushite empires of Kerma, Napata and Meroe, down to medieval Christian and Islamic times.
QSAP offers sustained financial support to mission teams from eight countries: Sudan, Qatar, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Poland, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States
Through numerous missions, QSAP is heavily engaged with two Sudanese sites inscribed in UNESCO's World Heritage List; the Archaeological Sites of the Island of Meroe, and Jebel Barkal and the Sites of the Napatan and Meroitic Periods. A mission to stabilise some of over 250 Sudanese pyramids lead by a Qatari team takes to the forefront of QSAP’s work.