Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Mission Archeologique Suisse au Soudan

Kerma (French)
Kerma (English)

Thanks to Philippe Marti for sending me the above link for the new website of the Swiss Archaeological Mission in Sudan. It is available in French and English.

This is a very professionally designed website with some excellent information, diagrams, plans, maps and photographs. Here's the text from their English-language home page:

Still today, Nubia is synonymous with a mysterious and faraway land through which the River Nile runs, a land that leads the way into Sub-Saharan Africa, its riches and its exoticism. While without writing for millennia, Nubian civilisation displays remarkable dynamism and originality, culturally as well as economically.

Kerma is one of the most important sites of the Nile Valley. Under excavation by a Swiss team for more than thirty years, it has revealed exceptional archaeological remains, monumental temples and vast necropoleis buried in the ruins of ancient cities. Kerma is the capital city of the first kingdom of Nubia. The region, which includes the oldest cemeteries of the African continent, also boasts the discovery of statues of the Black Pharaohs.

Instructions on the slideshows are in French ("Suiv." for next and "fermer" for close)

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