Thursday, March 7, 2013

Open Access Ancient Nubia and Sudan

On the occasion of the 12th International Conference for Nubian Studies, The British Museum, 1 - 6 August 2010, I took the opportunity to gather links to open access materials relating to ancient Nubia and the Sudan. I have updated the list several times since then, most recently on 2 October 2013. I trust readers will use the comment function to point out errors and lacunae.

Mailing Lists

The last dam built on the Nile, at the Fourth Cataract, was completed in 2008, displacing more than 60,000 people and flooding 170 kilometers of the river valley and adjacent land. The entire non-desert habitat was lost along with a human heritage that included vast numbers of archaeological sites. This followed on the construction of the Aswan High Dam in the 1960's that displaced 150,000, with even greater damage to the environment and heritage.

Now, eight or more dams are planned and two are under contract, at Kajbar at the Third Cataract and Shereik at the Fifth. The region of Mahas in the Third Cataract is especially populated, with a long and rich history is now directly threatened with destruction. The area upstream of Shereik is less populated, but very poorly known. It is a crisis that will be discussed at a brief conference at the British Museum on May 15, 2012. This forum is intended to disseminate news and ideas about the dams crises in Sudan and Egypt, past and present, to help develop means to mitigate and possibly even avert some of the worst consequences.
The Egyptologists' Electronic Forum (EEF) is a membership-wide e-mail list for conferencing on the culture and civilization of ancient Egypt c. 5000 BCE - 641 CE. The EEF serves as a nexus for dialog between academics working in Egyptology and other persons interested in ancient Egypt. 
Open Access Journals/Serials

Oriental Institute publications relating to Nubia and the Sudan

OIMP 24. Lost Nubia: A Centennial Exhibit of Photographs from the 1905-1907 Egyptian Expedition of the University of Chicago. John A. Larson. 2006.

Oriental Institute Nubian Expedition (OINE) | List of volumes in print
 OIP 17. Paleolithic Man and the Nile-Faiyum Divide in Nubia and Upper Egypt: A Study of the Region during Pliocene and Pleistocene Times. By K. S. Sandford and W. J. Arkell. Originally published in 1933.

Ancient Textiles from Nubia: Meroitic, X-Group, and Christian Fabrics from Ballana and Qustul. By Christa C. Mayer Thurman and Bruce Williams. Originally published in 1979.

The 1905–1907 Breasted Expeditions to Egypt and The Sudan. 1975.

The Nubia Salvage Project. NUBIA - "Its glory and its people": 1987 Exhibition Brochure

The Nubia Salvage Project. Reports of The Nubia Salvage Project

The Nubia Salvage Project. VANISHED KINGDOMS OF THE NILE: The Rediscovery of Ancient Nubia: 1992 Exhibition Brochure

Websites of Organizations and Projects

ACACIA - Arid Climate Adaptation and Cultural Innovation in Africa
Medieval Sai Project The Greek Norwegian Archaeological Mission to Sudan
Zamani project: Musawwarat es-Sufra 

The Merowe Dam Archaeological Salvage Project (MDASP) articles served online by the International Society of Nubian Studies

MDASP Articles

Published in 2007
Kleinitz, C. Rock art and archaeology: The Hadiab survey, Sudan & Nubia, vol. 11 (2007), p. 34-42.
Wolf, P. and U. Nowotnick. The Fourth Season of the SARS Anglo-German Expedition to the Fourth Nile Cataract, Sudan & Nubia, vol. 11 (2007), p. 26-33.
Published in 2006
Ginns, A. Preliminary report on the excavations conducted on Mis Island (AKSC), 2005-2006, Sudan & Nubia, vol. 10 (2006), p. 13-19.
Kleinitz, C. and R. Koenitz. Fourth Cataract petroglyphs in context: the ed-Doma and Dirki rock-art survey, Sudan & Nubia, vol. 10 (2006), p. 34-42.
Wolf, P. and U. Nowotnick. The Third Season of the SARS Anglo-German Expedition to the Fourth Cataract of the Nile, Sudan & Nubia, vol. 10 (2006), p. 20-33.
Published in 2005
Carpio, G. and S. Guillen. Excavations at Site 3-J-23, et-Tereif, Sudan, Sudan & Nubia, vol. 9 (2005), p.14-15.
Payne, J. Excavations of the late Kushite and Medieval settlement on Umm Muri,Sudan & Nubia, vol. 9 (2005), p. 9-13.
Welsh, F. Architecture of the modern houses at the Fourth Cataract, Sudan & Nubia, vol. 9 (2005), p. 17-22.
Wolf, P. and U. Nowotnick. The Second Season of the SARS Anglo-German Expedition to the Fourth Cataract, Sudan & Nubia, vol. 9 (2005), p. 22-30.
Published in 2004
Publisehd in 2003
Kolsowska, E., Mahmoud el-Tayib and H. Paner. Old Kush in the Fourth Cataract Region, Sudan & Nubia, vol. 7 (2003), p. 21-25.
Salah Mohamed Ahmed. Merowe Dam Archaeological Salvage Project (MDASP), Sudan & Nubia, vol. 7 (2003),p. 11-14.
Welsby, D.A. The Amri to Kirbekan Survey: the 2002-2003 Season, Sudan & Nubia, vol. 7 (2003), p. 26-32.
Provisional Type Series of Monuments

 An incomplete and quickly compiled list of digitized books relating to Nubia

Amélineau, Émile Clément, 1850-1915. Een feudale familie in Egypte De Aarde en haar Volken, 1907

Amélineau, Émile Clément, 1850-1915. Reis door Nubië De Aarde en haar Volken, 1907

Amélineau, Émile Clément, 1850-1915. Un voyage en Nubie

Ampère, Jean-Jacques (1800-1864). Voyage en Égypte et en Nubie

Anderson, Julie Renee. Spatial and temporal distribution of domestic and civil architecture in Christian Nubia Canadian theses = Thèses canadiennes

Anonymous. Reize in Taka (Opper-Nubië)

Barnard, Hans. Eastern desert ware : traces of the inhabitants of the eastern desert in Egypt and Sudan during the 4th-6th centuries CE: Proefschrift ter verkrijging van de graad van Doctor aan de Universiteit Leiden, op gezag van Rector Magnificus P.F. van der Heijden, volgens besluit van het College voor Promoties te verdedigen op woensdag 4 juni 2008 klokke 16:15 uur door Hans Barnard geboren te Leiden in 1959
Belzoni, Giovanni Battista. Narrative of the operations and recent discoveries within the pyramids, temples, tombs and excavations in Egypt and Nubia, and of a journey to the coast of the Red Sea, in search of the ancient Berenice and another to the oasis of Jupiter Ammon, John Murray, London, 1820. XIX-533 pp.

Burckhardt, John Lewis. Travels in Nubia

Burckhardt,John Lewis. Johann Ludwig Burckhardt's Reisen in Nubien

Cailliaud, Frédéric. Voyage à Méroé, au Fleuve Blanc, au-delà de Fâzoql, dans le midi du royaume de Sennâr, à Syouah et dans cinq autres oasis; fait dans les années 1819, 1820, 1821 et 1822, Paris, 1826-27

Champollion, Jean-François. Monuments de l'Égypte et de la Nubie : notices descriptives conformes aux manuscrits autographes

Denon, Dominique Vivant; Tiedemann , Dieterich. Vivant Denon's Reise in Nieder- und Ober-Aegypten, waehrend der Feldzuege des Generals Bonaparte

English, George Bethune, 1787-1828. A Narrative of the Expedition to Dongola and Sennaar Under the Command of His Excellence Ismael Pasha, undertaken by Order of His Highness Mehemmed Ali Pasha, Viceroy of Egypt, By An American In The Service Of The Viceroy

Judd, Margaret Ann. Trauma and interpersonal violence in ancient Nubia during the Kerma Period (ca. 2500-1500 BC) Canadian theses = Thèses canadiennes

Madden, Richard Robert. Travels in Turkey, Egypt, Nubia, and Palestine, in 1824, 1825, 1826, and 1827

Norden, Frederik Ludvig. Illustrations de Travels in Egypt and Nubia (1757) 
Norden, Frederik Ludvig. The antiquities, natural history, ruins, and other curiosities of Egypt, Nubia and Thebes. Expemplified in near two hundred drawings taken on the spot Digitized images from the "The New York Public Library" [NYPL]
Norden, Frederik Ludvig. Travels in Egypt and Nubia Gallica 

Prime, William Cowper, 1825-1905. Boat life in Egypt and Nubia Travelers in the Middle East Archive (TIMEA)

Rosellini, Ippolito. I monumenti dell'Egitto e della Nubia: disegnati dalla spedizione scientifico-letteraria toscana in Egitto Oxford Digital Library

Sartorius, Ernestine Isabella. Three months in the Soudan A Celebration of Woman Writers.

Les Temples immergés de la Nubia (at the Internet Archive)

Eckley B. Coxe Junior Expedition to Nubia. University of Pennsylvania, Publications of the Egyptian Department of the University Museum.
 Archival Archaeological Film: Gebel Moya Sudan 1912-1913

I trust readers will use the comment function to point out errors and omissions. 


  1. ownership of the Arkamani domain has changed...

  2. Thanks for the message. I have corrected the link.