Monday, January 09, 2006

Flooding Nubia - again (The Telegraph)
An article highlighting the potential loss of irreplaceable archaeological riches in the Sudan: "In a highly controversial move, the Sudanese government is planning to flood a vast stretch of the southern Nile valley as part of plans for a big hydro-electric dam at Merowe, near what was once the ancient city of Napata. The project has been criticised by environmental groups, who say it will lead to the displacement of about 50,000 people - small farmers and their families, who have tilled the Nile's fertile banks for centuries. The Sudanese government insists, however, that the Chinese-backed project should go ahead, saying it is essential to pull the country into the developed world. With the dam scheduled for completion in 2008, archaeologists are in a race against time to survey what will eventually become a 100-mile-long lake. . . . Already more than 700 sites of potential interest have been discovered in just one small part of the area to be flooded - showing the need not only for an urgent programme to rescue the most important artefacts, but also for a reappraisal of Sudan's archaeological importance".
The article quotes British Museum representatives and provides a short overview of what is known about the Sudanese history. Potentially important prehistoric sites are also under threat. See the above web page on The Telegraph's website for more.

1 comment:

Homo Insapiens said...

Given the Sudanese Government's ability to mismanage the present and and ensure a disastrous future, it's little surprise to see they are destoying the past as well.