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Module 13
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Other Resources:

Ancient World Online--Open Access Ancient Nubia and Sudan
Full Text of Fontes Historiae Nubiorum I-IV
UNESCO General History of Africa v. 2
Lost Nubia: A Centennial Exhibit of Photographs from the 1905-1907 Egypt Expedition of the University of Chicago
The Nubia Salvage Project
The Lost Land of Nubia: Egypt’s Southern Neighbor in Africa
Ancient Nubia
Gallery of Artifacts from Exhibition “Ancient Nubia: Egypt’s Rival in Africa” e-books and texts
Project Gutenberg free ebooks

Week 1:  Introduction to the Ancient Sudan and Prehistory

FlipGrid Assignment: 
Answer the question:  What has interested you in the study of Ancient Nubia? in a short (90 second) video response on FlipGrid.


David N. Edwards. (2004). The Nubian Past.

Ch. 1 Nubia, the Sudan and Sudanic Africa


Marjorie M. Fisher, et al. (2012). Ancient Nubia:  African Kingdoms on the Nile.

Introduction (by Marjorie M. Fisher)

The Land of Nubia (by Peter Lacovara)

The Early Exploration and Archaeology of Nubia (by Peter Lacovara)

The Treasure of a Nubian Queen (by Peter Lacovara & Yvonne J. Markowitz)

Saving Nubia’s Legacy (by Zahi Hawass)

Archaeological Salvage in the Fourth Cataract, Northern Sudan (1991-2008) (by Geoff Emberling)


            David O’Connor. (1993). Ancient Nubia:  Egypt’s Rival in Africa.

            Introduction and Ch. 1. Understanding Ancient Nubia


László Török. (1995). Birth of an Ancient African Kingdom.

Preface and Introduction


László Török. (2009). Between Two Worlds.

ch. 3 The Beginnings:  A-Group Lower Nubia and the Emerging Egyptian State (c. 3700-2800 BC)


David N. Edwards. (2007). The Archeology of Sudan and Nubia.

Stanley Burstein. (2000). A New Kushite Historiography:  Three Recent Contributions to Nubia Studies.




David N. Edwards. (2004). The Nubian Past.

Ch. 2 Hunters, fishers and gatherers


Marjorie M. Fisher, et al. (2012). Ancient Nubia:  African Kingdoms on the Nile.

History of Nubia (by Marjorie M. Fisher, pp. 10-15)


Excerpts from UNESCO General History of Africa v. 2 (1981).

S. Adam & J. Vercoutter:

Ch. 8 The Importance of Nubia:  A Link Between Central Africa and the Mediterranean


Excerpts from Cambridge History of Africa v. 1 (1982).

Glynn Isaac: 
The Earliest Archaeological Traces:  The Nile Valley and Adjoining Desert Oases (ch. 3)

Philip Smith: 
The Late Palaeolithic and Epi-Paleaolithic of Northern Africa:  The Lower Nile Valley and Adjacent Oases (with introductory material, ch. 5)


Egypt Early Dynastic Map Egypt Old Kingdom Map North Africa/Near East Political Map Map of Kush Empire of Aksum Map Map of Nubia from Oriental Institute (U Chicago)
Early Dynastic Old Kingdom Political Kush Aksum Orietal Institute


This Project Dedicated to the Memory of
Peter L. Shinnie
Dr. Peter L. Shinnie
University of Calgary, Alberta
Frank Yurco
Dr. Frank Yurco
University of Chicago

in gratitude for their assistance
when I began studying this subject
in 1995
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