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Dongola 2015–2016. Fieldwork, Conservation and Site Management

Dongola 2015–2016. Fieldwork, Conservation and Site Management
Włodzimierz Godlewski, Dorota Dzierzbicka and Adam Łajtar (eds), 
Excavation Series 5), Warsaw: PCMA, WUW, 2018
Warsaw 2018
ISBN 978-83-235-3479-2 (print)
ISBN 978-83-235-3497-7 (online)
280 pages
Soft cover with flaps

More on the book and other PCMA publications:
The royal city of Old Dongola was the political and economic center of Makuria, a medieval Christian kingdom. It flourished from the 5th/6th century, when the royal complex on the Citadel was built and enclosed within massive stone fortifications. Over the centuries, other representative buildings were founded, among them the imposing Throne Hall later converted into a mosque that still towers over the site today. Equally impressive are the religious complexes unearthed in Dongola. The Makurian capital’s churches and monastic buildings boast stunning mural paintings and inscriptions that shed light on local religious practice, while their architectural design testifies to the skills of local builders. After the royal court abandoned Dongola in 1364, the city remained an important urban center, as indicated by the extensive residential quarters functioning on and around the Citadel for several centuries. The city, still a vital node in the long-distance trade network, was inhabited by a lively community, which cultivated old traditions and embraced new trends.
The Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology University of Warsaw mission to Old Dongola has been excavating the Makurian capital for over 50 years. This volume is the second comprehensive report on fieldwork and conservation conducted in 2015–2016 by a team led by Włodzimierz Godlewski. The contributions report on the work of recent seasons and present in-depth studies on the site’s urban development, architecture and building techniques. The volume also includes results of the most recent specialized research on material brought to light during these and earlier campaigns. The discussed categories of finds include inscriptions, ostraka, pottery, animal bones, and textiles. The wealth of archaeological finds recovered on the site in the seasons under consideration contributes new data to studies on the history of Dongola, as well as the culture, art, architecture and economy of Makuria.


Part I: The Monastery on Kom H

Chapter 1: Włodzimierz Godlewski – The Monastery Church – 15

Chapter 2: Dorota Moryto-Naumiuk – Transfer of wall paintings from the
Monastery Church on Kom H – 31

Chapter 3: Adam Łajtar – The Constantinopolitan Creed in an
inscription from the Monastery Church on Kom Η

in Dongola – 37

Chapter 4: Włodzimierz Godlewski – Building H.NW.B.I and its
successive construction phases – 47

Chapter 5: Barbara Czaja – The “golden textile” from a burial in the
monastery on Kom H in Dongola: conservation and restoration – 67

Chapter 6: Adam Łajtar and Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei – Women in the
Southwest Annex – 75

Chapter 7: Dorota Dzierzbicka and Agata Deptuła – Courtyard A at the
Monastery on Kom H in Dongola: Fieldwork in 2014–2016 – 79

Chapter 8: Katarzyna Danys – Introductory remarks on pottery finds
from Courtyard A of the Monastery on Kom H in Dongola – 101

Chapter 9: Marta Osypińska Faunal remains from the Monastery on Kom H
in Dongola (seasons 2014–2016) – 107

Part II: The Citadel in the times of the Kingdom of Makuria

Chapter 10: Włodzimierz Godlewski – The Church of Archangel Raphael
(SWN.B.V) – 115

Chapter 11: Urszula Kusz – Conservation in the Church of Archangel
Raphael (SWN.B.V) in seasons 2015–2017 – 133

Chapter 12: Romuald Tarczewski Construction of a shelter over the
Church of Archangel Raphael (SWN.B.V) – 139

Chapter 13: Włodzimierz Godlewski, Urszula Kusz, and Adam Łajtar – A
fragmentary wooden icon from the Church of Archangel Raphael (SWN.B.V)
– 147

Chapter 14: Włodzimierz Godlewski with appendix by Adam Łajtar – The
Pillar Church – 155

Part III The city of Dongola in the Funj period

Chapter 15: Włodzimierz Godlewski – Buildings of the Funj period on
the Citadel – 173

Chapter 16: Katarzyna Danys and Maciej Wyżgoł – Smoking pipes from Old
Dongola – 189

Chapter 17: Katarzyna Danys – Glazed pottery of the 9th–16th centuries
from Old Dongola –  203

Chapter 18: Barbara Idzikowska – A reckoning counter from Nuremberg
found in Dongola –  227

Chapter 19: Włodzimierz Godlewski with appendices by Bogdan F. Zerek
and Anna Nowicka – Amulet for the wife of 'Abd Allāh b. Maryam – 231

Chapter 20: Naïm Vanthieghem – Textes arabes trouvés à Dongola en
2013–2016 – 237

Part IV: The Mosque Building

Chapter 21: Romuald Tarczewski – Construction work in the Mosque
Building (Throne Hall) in seasons 2015–2017 – 243

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