Damien Labadie on Old Nubian Apocryphal Texts

“The relatively small Nubian literary corpus includes texts of an exclusively religious nature: there are lectionaries (including passages from the Old and New Testaments), patristic texts, conciliar canons, symbols of faith, hagiographic texts and also apocryphal texts.
The old-Nubian apocryphal corpus is represented by four fragmentary texts, preserved in five separate manuscripts dating from a period ranging from approximately the tenth to the twelfth century…”

Current Exhibition: Graffiti as Devotion along the Nile

The Kelsey Museum of Archaeology (University of Michigan) is currently running “Graffiti as Devotion along the Nile.” This exhibition explores ancient religious graffiti dating to the Meroitic period of the Kushite civilization, and provides an intriguing and fascinating glimpse into the daily lives and private devotional practices of its inhabitants.


Upcoming Exhibition: Ancient Nubia Now

Winged Isis pectoral, Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Amaninatakelebte, 538–519 BCE. Gold. Credit: Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition.

Starting this month, the Boston Musem of Fine Arts (MFA) will be presenting its “Ancient Nubia Now” exhibition. This highly anticipated event will not only be showcasing more than 400 masterpieces of Nubian art, but also shedding light on the little known but incredibly rich, highly sophisticated and vibrant civilizations, that arose within what is today Sudan’s Middle Nile Valley.


Dongola 2015-2016: Fieldwork, Conservation & Site Management


The Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology (PCMA) is proud to present the 5th volume of its PCMA Excavation Series. Between 2015 and 2016, the PCMA, University of Warsaw, carried out fieldwork and conservation work at the Dongola site. This work was conducted in close collaboration with the Sudanese National Corporation for Antiquities and Museums, under the auspices of two research programs funded by the Qatar-Sudan Archaeological Project. The fieldwork focused on the Great Monastery of St. Anthony (Kom H) and the Citadel of Dongola. The papers in this volume present the findings and results of a diverse group of participants, which included archaeologists, conservators, architects, epigraphists, ceramologists among others, and are an invaluable contribution that furthers our understanding and appreciation of the culturally rich and vibrant kingdom of Makuria.