A new Building in Naga: Temple 700
Photo, Temple 700 before excavation (2013)
The site of Naga is situated 170km north of Khartoum and approximately 50km east of the Nile. During the period between ca. 400 BCE and 400 CE, it was one of the most important and largest sites of the Kushite empire. Since 1995 -and since 2013 with support from QSAP, a team of archaeologists from the Munich State Museum of Egyptian Art has been conducting excavations and conservation work at Naga. After finishing their work at the Amuntemple, Liontemple, "Hathorchapel and Temple 200, the team decided to proceed to the middle part of the site which had remained untouched until now. In 2017-18, “Building 700” was chosen to be excavated because collapsed columns were visible on the surface at the start.
Photo of Temple 700 excavated (2018)
In front of the temple, the remains of an elaborate entrance hall with well-preserved columns were found. Excavations there are still ongoing at present.
Inside the main room, parts of a statue of Sebiumeker, a Nubian deity venerated as a guardian of sacred sites were found at floor level. The many fragments of the body of the statue showed extremely delicate carvings, bringing out the double crown of the deity and his jewelry in great detail. These fragments are being treated and restored by conservators and will reassembled in the future to be exhibited.
Photo of the statue parts found in Temple 700
During the excavation of the main entrance, the lower parts of two huge standing statues were found, probably representing the guardian deities of the temple, Sebiumeker and Arensnufis. Unfortunately, they were preserved just to the height above their ankles and so only the feet are visible today. Reconstructed, they would have measured approximately about 3,5 m in height.
Photo, aerial image of Temple 700