Archäologie im Sudan, vol. 1: Naga – Skulptur

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

The following publication may be of interest to you. Please see the attachment for further details and ordering information.

The first volume in a new series ArS – Archäologie im Sudan“ – „Archéologie au Soudan“ – „Archaeology in the Sudan“ is now available.  It is entitled Naga – Skulptur, by Dietrich Wildung. The series editor is Sylvia Schoske.


Dotawo vol. 5 is now available

Dear Colleagues,

The following online publication of may be of interest to you:


It is our pleasure to announce the online publication of Volume 5 of Dotawo: A Journal of Nubian Studies, a collection of studies on Nubian women, guest-edited by Anne Jennings.

You can find Volume 5 online at

Publication of the print edition of Volume 5 through our partners at Punctum Press will follow shortly.

Giovanni Ruffini & Vincent van Gerven Oei

Routes de l’Orient

Dear Colleagues,
The following new online publication may be of interest to you. It is open-access, focuses on archaeology in Sudan and was guest-edited by Gabrielle Choimet and Marc Maillot.

Hors-série n°3 sur l’archéologie française au Soudan par Routes de l’Orient

It can also be accessed via the web site of the French Archaeological Unit (SFDAS).

Toponymy of an Endangered Nubian Language

Dear Colleagues,
The following publication is now available online and may be of interest to you:

An electronic book, The Toponymy of an Endangered Nubian Language by Dr. Abdel Halim SABBAR (2018), ISBN: 978-1-9998425-1-2, is now online for downloading from the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names at the following link.

Or access UNGEGN Working Group on Exonyms > Home. Click on ‘Publications’. Download  ‘The Toponymy of an Endangered Nubian Language’.

Azania – Call for papers

Dear Colleagues,
The following call for papers may be of interest to you.
Please respond directly to the coordinator.
Thank you.


Dear Colleagues,

Please find below a call for papers which I hope that you will consider.

If you are interested and will definitely have the time to write the paper, please submit your proposed title and an abstract to myself by the end of the first week of September ( I will collate the submissions and pass them plus my recommendations on to the Azania editorial board for their final decision. I will notify everyone at the appropriate time afterwards as to which have been accepted. The deadline for the submission of the accepted papers will be the end of May 2019 in order to give time for peer review. The special issue is slated to come out March 2020.

Theme: Sudan Beyond Nubia
Journal: Azania

14 years on from David Edwards stating that a “new ‘Sudanese’ archaeology is struggling to emerge [as] it has traditionally tended to be quite introspective and isolated from archaeologies elsewhere, not least from other fields of African archaeology”, the situation has marginally improved but serious deficiencies remain. As before, there has been little engagement by archaeologists working in the Middle Nile Valley with broader African archaeology, with those few doing so the exception rather than the rule. There has been a shift in focus from major sites to encompass a broader range of themes such as the UCL Qatar metallurgy mission at Meroe and numerous other projects further north, the potential contribution of Sudan to African archaeology is largely ignored. Nubian archaeology remains an adjunct to Egyptology in universities. However, there has been much archaeological work undertaken in the Sudan and the surrounds outside of the “protohistoric” Nubian kingdoms (Kerma ca. 2500 – 1500 BC, Napatan state ca. 800 – 300 BC and the Meroitic state ca. 300 BC – AD 350). This is a call for papers examining sites and areas in any of these three periods. The remit is that the site or area has to either be within the boundaries of modern-day Sudan or South Sudan, or bordering them. For sites bordering one of these states but not under direct political control, this call offers an opportunity to turn archaeology of the frontier or periphery on its head and examine the lives and interactions of these communities in their own right.

(Dr) Michael Brass
Honorary Research Associate
Institute of Archaeology
University College London

Bayuda Studies: Proceedings

Dear Colleagues,
The following may be of interest to you:

The Proceedings of the First International Conference on the archaeology of the Bayuda Desert in Sudan have now been published and are available through the following web-link:

Angelika Lohwasser, Tim Karberg, Johannes Auenmüller (eds.),
Bayuda Studies. Proceedings of the First International Conference
on the Archaeology of the Bayuda Desert in Sudan.
(Meroitica –
Schriften zur altsudanesischen Geschichte und Archäologie 27).
Harrassowitz Verlag, 2018. Hb, 538 pp. 320 ill.,
ISBN 978-3-447-11064-8. EUR 98,00. TOC at

Empowering the Dead in Christian Nubia

Dear Colleagues,

Announcing a new publication which may be of interest to you:
Adam Łajtar and Jacques van der Vliet, Empowering the Dead in Christian Nubia. The texts from a Medieval Funerary Complex in Old Dongola.

Please see the attachment for further details.

Dr Julie Anderson
Honorary Secretary, ISNS