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

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.