Mission Name Debba Dam Archaeological Survey Project (DDASP)
Mission No. QSAP 14
Institution National Corporation for Antiquities and Museums (NCAM)
Location Northern State
The Debba Dam archaeological survey area covers a distance of about 195 km along the left bank of the Nile between the Merowe Dam at the 4th cataract, downstream of the town of el-Debba. The main activity of the project focuses on surveying the whole of the left bank in this region and the reconnaissance extends about 4 km inland from the bank of the Nile. Historically, this area was part of the Napatan region which contains many important sites from the Kushite Kingdom (9th century BCE to 4th century CE), among which are Nuri, Sanam, Jebel Barkal and Kurru. Most lie on the right bank of the river, and it is hoped that a systematic survey of the left bank will lead to the discovery of more sites dating from this important chapter of Sudan’s history.