QSAP News


    Roundtable on Tourism in Sudan at the Arabic Cultural House,
    the “Divan”, of the embassy of Qatar in Berlin, September 27, 2018

    Over the past five years, the concerted efforts of more than 40 international projects concerned with archaeological excavations, the conservation of ancient monuments, and the building of visitor centres, museums and touristic infrastructure, have proven to be a game-changer for the touristic landscape of Sudan.

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    Early Meroitic art and architecture
    at Musawwarat es-Sufra

    The Musawwarat Project is a long-term archaeological project at Musawwarat es-Sufra, located about 180 km north of Khartoum run by the Department of Northeast African Archaeology and Cultural Studies at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

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    The Annual Sudan Archaeological Research Society’s Colloquium
    and the QSAP Scientific Board Meeting in London

    The Society organizes every year a one-day international colloquium on recent archaeological fieldwork in Sudan. During this year’s colloquium, held on May 10 in the British Museum, scholars presented nine papers, the majority of which offered new results about ongoing research by missions associated with QSAP.

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    Press Conference on the Reopening of Burial Chamber
    in Pyramid 9 of Begrawiya

    The royal city of Meroe, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located in the Northern State of Sudan, hosted a press conference held on the occasion of reopening the burial chamber of Pyramid 9 in Bagrawiya.

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    Ceramics and Jewelry uncovered by the Polish Mission
    (QSAP12) in the Grave Mounds of Zuma

    Mission QSAP-12 from the Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology, affiliated with Warsaw University, is currently working at Zuma in the Northern State, 390km north of Khartoum on a project entitled “Early Makuria”. Currently, its work concentrates on a large cemetery consisting of 29 grave mounds.

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    A Look at the Italian Mission working on the Palatial Area
    North of the Temple of Amun in Jebel Barkal (QSAP 34)

    The area of the investigation originally proposed by the Italian Archaeological Mission in Sudan corresponds to a specific sector of ancient capital of Napata, about 325 km north of Khartoum: here, king Natakamani, the ruler of the Meroitic empire at the beginning of the 1st century CE planned an impressive, new royal district, decidedly leaving behind the older palaces built during the Napatan period in the 1st millennium BCE.

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    BOOK GIFTING CEREMONY MARKS LATEST MILESTONE IN UCL QATAR’S
    INVOLVEMENT IN THE QATAR-SUDAN ARCHEOLOGICAL PROJECT

    UCL Qatar has presented to the Museum of Islamic Art library and Qatar National Library a new children’s book that brings to life innovative and ground breaking archaeological work being done at the ancient Royal City of Meroe, as part of the Qatar-Sudan Archaeological Project (QSAP).

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    A 2600 Year-old Statue of King Aspelta from Dangeil

    In Dangeil on the Nile, about 250km north of Khartoum, NCAM and QSAP Mission19 (British Museum) have been excavating a temple dedicated to Amun during the past years. Over the last months, inscribed fragments of a statue where discovered in the temple that now allow the reconstruction of a formerly half life-sized statue. The statue’s head had already been recovered in 2008.

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    New Discoveries in the Wadi Abu Dom by QSAP-16 (University of Münster)

    Since 2009, the Wadi Abu Dom Itinerary (WADI) has been conducting a survey to map all pre-Islamic remains on both banks of the Wadi Abu Dom in the Bayuda desert situated in the great bent of the Nile north of Khartoum. Numerous sites have recently been identified, mostly very small sites consisting of single burials, shelters or camps ranging in date from the Palaeolithic to the medieval period.

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    News from QSAP-37 in Meroe (UCL-Qatar/NCAM) about this season

    Throughout UCL Qatar’s autumn 2017 - spring 2018 field seasons at the Royal City of Meroe, work is continuing on several  strands of activity:

    1. Archaeological excavations and research
    2. Finds documentation
    3. Experimental archaeology
    4. Community archaeology

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    New Mural Paintings Discovered in the Monastery of Old Dongola

    Over the last days, archaeologists of the Polish Center of Mediterranean Archaeology at the University of Warsaw (QSAP-31), have made an important discovery in the medieval monastery of Old Dongola on the Nile, more than 500km north of Khartoum. Old Dongola was the capital of the Christian kingdom of Makuria between the 6th and the 13th centuries CE, and a large fortress, palace as well as several churches bear witness to its former power and wealth.

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    A new Building in Naga: Temple 700

    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.

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    New Finds on the Cemetery of Kerma by the Swiss Archaeological Mission

    The Swiss team from the University of Neuchatel has been working in Kerma, ca. 700km north of Khartoum, since 2002, and in 2013, the mission joined the Qatar-Sudan Archaeological Project. In January 2018, the excavation concentrated on the so-called Eastern Cemetery, dateable to the end of Early Kerma period (2500-1500 BCE), a period 4000 years ago, during which the city was the center of an important empire. The excavation attempted to identify precisely at which moment in time the first royal graves of this civilisation apeared. Among the 27 graves studied, two of them were exceptional.

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    The Rehabilitation of the Museum of Kerma

    The Swiss mission from the University of Neuchatel has been working in Kerma. The finds from Kerma, the center of a Nubian empire more than 4000 years ago, finally found an appropriate exhibition space in a newly built local museum.

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    QSAP-19: New Finds from Dangeil

    Dangeil is located 350 km north of Khartoum. It was an important and powerful royal city during the Kushite Period (7th century BCE to 4th century CE) and is strategically situated at the hub of several trade routes, including those originating from the Red Sea, circumventing the 5th Nile cataract, crossing the Bayuda Desert and coming from the gold mines in the Eastern Desert.

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    “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.

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    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.

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    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. 

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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