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The Royal City of Naga – Excavations in the Sudanese Desert

For the first time, 130 magnificent archaeological finds from the royal city of Naga in what is now Sudan are on display in a Berlin museum. A team from the Egyptian Museum in Berlin were engaged in excavation and documentation work in the former Meroitic empire for 15 years, bringing to light impressive results.

Statues of gods

Statues of gods
© Naga Project

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Statues of gods

Statues of gods

Statues of gods

The exhibition “The Royal City of Naga – Excavations in the Sudanese Desert” presents the hitherto scarcely explored ancient sites in Sudan, only little known even among specialists, by showcasing selected finds by the archaeologists from Berlin: larger-than-life statues, around a dozen lion figures, delicate reliefs depicting gods and kings, pottery and faience ware bear witness to a wide variety of art in the 1st century BC.

The Federal Foreign Office is supporting restoration and preservation in Naga as part of its Cultural Preservation Programme.

A cultural bridge between Africa and the Mediterranean

A mock-up of Hathor Chapel

A mock-up of Hathor Chapel
© Naga Project

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A mock-up of Hathor Chapel

A mock-up of Hathor Chapel

A mock-up of Hathor Chapel

The archaeologists – working in the desert in difficult climatic conditions, without electricity or running water – are contributing to the rediscovery of Sudan’s historical roots. They describe the site with its manifold finds as a cultural bridge between Africa and the Mediterranean.

Along with the capital Meroё and the cult centre Musawarat, the ancient city of Naga was one of the hubs of the Meroitic empire (300 BC – 350 AD), the mighty southern neighbour and rival of Egypt in the Ptolemaic and Roman eras.

UNESCO World Heritage

Recognizing its special significance, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee decided to inscribe Naga on the World Heritage List in June 2011.

The exhibition “The Royal City of Naga – Excavations in the Sudanese Desert” will be on display in the Art Forum of the Berliner Volksbank from 31 August to 18 December 2011. The National Corporation for Antiquities and Museums of Sudan has provided all the exhibits on loan.


Last updated 19.09.2011

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