“Independence through the eyes of the ‘Kandake’”
The 62nd Anniversary of Sudan’s Independence
on January 1st, 2018 in Meroe
Many inhabitants of the region of Bagraweya, ancient Meroe, use to celebrate the independence of their country and New Year by visiting the different archaeological sites at Meroe: the Pyramids and the Royal City. The regional office of archaeology and the Qatari Mission for the Pyramids of Sudan (QMPS) decided to make use of the gathering of large crowds to convey their educational message to the public. Hence, the mission joined the event and organized an Open Day on 1st January 2018 at the pyramids by organizing a lecture, and musical performances of local artists, a puppet play for children, and a comedy theatre for an audience of ca. 700 persons.
The Qatar-Sudan Archaeological Project supports the Karmakol Festival
14 December 2017
Karmakol is a village on the Nile, approximately 330 km northwest of Khartoum and the birthplace of Tayeb Salih, arguably Sudan’s best-known novelist. Now it is also the place of a fascinating international artistic collaboration.
Under the patronage of the Sudanese and Swiss Commissions for UNESCO, the NGO “Swiss Initiative – Culture Projects Sudan,” began two years ago to create a joint venture, the Karmakol Festival, that was inaugurated on December 14th for the first time.
A Presentation of the Qatar-Sudan Archaeological Project organized by the Qatari Embassy in Berlin and Qatar Museums
19 September 2017
At the invitation of Qatar’s ambassador to Germany, HE Sheikh Saoud Bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, the Division of Cultural Heritage at Qatar Museums together with the Qatari embassy organized a roundtable presentation and discussion on the Qatar-Sudan Archaeological Project at the embassy’s newly inaugurated cultural center “The Diwan” in Berlin-Zehlendorf. HE the Ambassador declared the Roundtable also to be part of the series of events celebrating the Qatar-Germany Year of Culture.
Kirwan Lecture at the British Museum on the Work of the Qatari Mission for the Pyramids of Sudan
18 September 2017
The Kirwan Memorial Lecture is held in honor of Sir Laurence P. Kirwan, the first president of the Sudan Archaeological Research Society, who was active in Sudan’s archaeology throughout his life. The annual lecture is given by an eminent scholar or scholars in the field and is published in the next issue of the Society’s bulletin, Sudan & Nubia.
HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser visits Sudan World Heritage Site
12 March 2017
On Sunday, 12th March, HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser took part in a visit to a site of significant archeological interest in Sudan. Accompanied by representatives from Qatar Museums, members of the Qatari embassy and media, HH Sheikha Moza visited a desert in Eastern Sudan, along the banks of the River Nile, that holds a collection of ancient pyramids – the Meroë pyramids, located in al- Bagrawiya. The Meroë pyramids have narrow bases and steep angles on the sides. They make up one of two World Heritage Sites located in Sudan, and are a major tourist attraction for the country.
Qatari Mission for the Pyramids of Sudan (QSAP-40) re-opens the tomb of one of the most ancient royal pyramids at Meroe / Sudan
For the first time in almost a century, the burial chambers of a royal pyramid at Meroe have been re-opened for documentation and archaeological research. The subterranean tomb, constructed sometime in the early 4th century BC for the Great Royal Wife, Queen Khennuwa, is situated about 6 meters below its pyramid. Its burial chambers were completely decorated with well-executed paintings and hieroglyphic texts, many of which are still preserved.
The Qatari Mission for the Pyramids of Sudan (QSAP-40) opens new entrance to the Meroe site and unveils new permanent exhibition
1 January 2017
The renewed and enlarged entrance to the royal cemeteries at Meroe/Begrawiya was inaugurated with the exhibition "The Pyramids of Meroe". A new showroom with interpretive panels was opened to the public and is now welcoming tourists informing them about the ancient necropolis and its famous pyramids.