Sponsored by: Archaeological Institute of America
Ancient Napata (modern-day Jebel Barkal) has long been known as one of the capital cities of the empire of Kush. Located on the Nile River in what is now northern Sudan, it rose to prominence when the kings of Kush conquered Egypt, where they would rule as its 25th Dynasty (ca. 715-653 BCE).
The site’s pyramids, temples, and palaces have attracted the attention of archaeologists for more than a century. A new archaeological project at the site aims to connect these scattered monuments as elements of an ancient city.
Our first step has been to locate the settlement itself—where did people live? This talk will outline our first steps in identifying this “lost city” of ancient Kush.
An important component of our work at the site has been developing a fully collaborative project with our Sudanese colleagues, and talking with the local community to begin to understand the range of their engagement with the site. This talk can also address what it means to conduct a “post-colonial” archaeological project.