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Life on the Desert Edge, Volumes I and II

Seven thousand years of settlement in the Northern Dongola Reach, Sudan

Derek A. Welsby
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710pp, Includes 6 colour photographs, 252 figures, maps, plans fold-out plans drawings, 8 tables, 183-page Gazetteer of sites.
Sub-series name:
Sudan Archaeological Research Society, 7
ISBN 10:
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Although large-scale investigations are common in other areas of the Nile valley, little archaeological activity had taken place along the Dongola Reach and the 80km stretch of the Nile on the east bank from opposite el Khandag in the south to Eimani in the north. In 1993 the Sudan Archaeological Research Society (SARS) began a four-season campaign of survey in this area which was followed by a single season of excavation, the work ending in 1997. The survey was stimulated by the current lack of information on the area and the threat of future development destroying whatever evidence might be there. A thorough investigation of the region was therefore essential to discover the archaeological potential and to allow steps to be taken to protect or record the sites. The extensive results are published here in two very detailed volumes; 11 further contributors have added chapters on pottery, scarabs, lithics, leather samples, human remains, animal remains, plant remains, and small finds. Volume 1 includes a detailed geological 'history' of the region and a site Gazetteer. Volume 2 includes a detailed chapter on results and analyses and a summary in Arabic.