Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Minerva May/June 2011


Thanks to Jack Edwards for pointing out that there is an exerpt from the article "Pharaohs of Nubia," which appears in the print version of Minerva magazine. It is accompanied by five excellent photographs.
Northern Sudan is a place of immense space, wonderful sunsets, friendly people and fascinating archaeology. Relatively few tourists visit the region and many people are unaware of the contribution of this land to African and Egyptian history.

While the ancient history of northern Sudan is fascinating, piecing it together is painstaking work, and there is a chronic lack of funding for archaeological excavations. Research is further hindered by the legacy of Egypt-centric interpretations, variation on the names of the pharaohs, uncertain chronology, different interpretations of the area covered by ‘Nubia’, and the distinction between Upper and Lower Nubia. Geographical boundaries are now so arbitrary that it is not possible to exactly equate modern regions to those of ancient times, and interpretation is complicated by the use of the name ‘Ethiopia’ by ancient writers when referring to the area south of Egypt.

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