Medieval Nubian Fabrics

Medieval socks with a cross motif after conservation. 
Fig. B. Czaja, courtesy of the National Museum in Sudan

“A dozen or so Nubian fabrics, the oldest from almost 2,000 years old, will be on temporary exhibition at the Sudanese National Museum in Khartoum. “These types of monuments are very rare and rarely end up in museum exhibitions” – says the curator, Dr. Magdalena Woźniak from the Polish Academy of Sciences.
The exhibition “Forgotten textile treasures in the collection of the Sudan National Museum” will start on Thursday (October 24) and will last until March 2020. The exhibition is organized thanks to the funds of the National Science Center of Poland. As part of the NCN – Polonez grant – some of the fabrics presented at the exhibition have undergone conservation in Poland.

El Kurru Exhibition & Catalogue

“Graffiti as Devotion” is a new exhibit on ancient and medieval graffiti at El-Kurru, and is currently open at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. The exhibit was co-curated by Geoff Emberling and Suzanne Davis and will run through March 20, 2020.

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SFDAS – Publications

Since 1969, and in collaboration with the Sudanese Department of Antiquities, the French Section of the Direction of Antiquities of Sudan (SFDAS) has been excavating numerous archaeological sites located in the Middle Nile Valley and maintaining a systematic inventory of them. These sites cover a wide range of time periods that include Prehistory, Kerma, Egyptian, Napatan, Meroitic, post-Meroitic, and medieval civilizations. The wide spectrum of their research is reflected in the SFDAS’ publications.

Nubian Letters Series

Nubian Letters was an “independent, biannual bulletin for Nubian history and archaeology, published under the auspices of the International Society for Nubian Studies and the Department for Early Christian Art at the University of Leiden, the Netherlands.”

Edited by Elisabeth de Ranitz and Karel Innemée, Nubian Letters represents 22 volumes that came out between 1983 and 1994. The complete series has been uploaded at