Kushite Kings on the Upper Nile: reconstructing the ancient landscape of an Amun temple at Dangeil, Sudan
Saturday 13 January 20162.00 pm
Venue Oakwood Centre
By Julie Anderson
Archaeological excavations at Dangeil, a Kushite site roughly 350km north of Khartoum Sudan, have focused on a temple of the 1st century AD dedicated to the god Amun. Recently fragments of several royal statues, including the Pharaoh Taharqo, were uncovered from within the temple. The discovery of these early Kushite statues, upstream of the 5th Nile cataract, will necessitate a substantial re-evaluation of the previously accepted history of the period. Altars, ram statues and colourful architectural fragments, along with the discovery of a contemporary pyramid field are helping to establish an image of the ancient sacred landscape.
Dr Julie Anderson is an Assistant Keeper in the Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan at the British Museum with responsibility for Sudanese and Nubian antiquities. She has worked extensively in Sudan and Egypt for 30 years excavating numerous sites, and has co-directed the Berber-Abidiya Archaeological Project since 1997. Currently, she is the Honorary Secretary for the International Society for Nubian Studies.
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