Friday, November 10, 2023

Gematon: Living and Dying in a Kushite Town on the Nile, Volume I: Excavations at Kawa, 1997-2018

Edited by Derek A. Welsby
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Sudan Archaeological Research Society Publication 27

The first of a set of three volumes publishing the excavations at the site of Kawa, Northern Dongola Reach, between 1997 and 2018 by the Sudan Archaeological Research Society. Volume I contains a detailed study of the excavations carried out in Areas A, B, C, and F, as well as the temenos gateway, Building Z1 and the Kushite cemetery R18. Its comprehensive analysis of distinct building phases provides the reader with an in-depth understanding of the activities and subsequent changes at the site over its long history. This is heavily illustrated with photographs, maps, and line drawings, providing a thorough study of the research undertaken during this fieldwork. 

H 205 x W 290 mm

470 pages

40 tables, 302 figures, 644 plates (colour throughout)

Published Dec 2023

Archaeopress Archaeology


Hardback: 9781803276762

Digital: 9781803276779

DOI 10.32028/9781803276762


1. Introduction – Derek A. Welsby

2. The Kushite town of Gematon – Derek A. Welsby

3. Excavations of the painted shrine and other buildings in Area A – Derek A. Welsby

4. Excavations in Area B – Derek A. Welsby                           

5. Excavations in Area C – Derek A. Welsby

6. Excavations in Area F – Building F1, adjacent streets and Building F11 – Derek A. Welsby

7. Excavations in Area F – grid squares (FQ3), (FQ4), (FR3), (FR4), (FS3) and (FT3) – Derek A. Welsby

8. Excavations in Area F – Grid squares (FZ1) and (FZ2) – Derek A. Welsby

9. Excavations in the temenos gateway, grid square (TG5) – Derek A. Welsby

10. Excavations of Building Z1 – Mahmoud Suliman Bashir and Derek A. Welsby

11. Excavations within the Kushite cemetery at Gematon (site R18) – Derek A. Welsby

12. The Kushite cemetery at Gematon (site R18) – Derek A. Welsby

13. Magnetic survey at Kawa – Tomasz Herbich

14. Ground-Penetrating Radar (GPR) survey at Kawa – Stephen Kay and Sophie Hay

15. Radiocarbon dating – Derek A. Welsby

16. Preservation, Conservation and Display – Derek A. Welsby

17. Concluding remarks – Derek A. Welsby

18. Bibliography for Volume I

Arabic summary


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