Geoff Emberling, a research scientist at the Kelsey Museum of Archeology at the University of Michigan, is undertaking a task few archaeologists have accomplished: search for a lost city. Nubia, also known as Kush, was one of Africa's earliest centers of political, economic, and military authority. However, due to the lack of information about Nubia, no conclusion has been reached about the rise and fall of this civilization.
The ancient city was ruled by the kings of Nubia, which is now north of Sudan (Egypt). Little is known about the kings: it is only known that they suddenly appeared on the historical scene around 800 B.C. and they conquered all of Egypt before disappearing again into the desert.
“Much of the archaeological research has focused on the tombs and temples of Nubia, in the capital of El Kurru", said Emberling. “There has been a significant lack of excavations in the settlements, where we could find a lot of information about the daily life of the inhabitants of the place. I'm very excited to find any clues”.
Emberling departed for The Kurru in the last week of December and plans to stay there for six weeks working near the Nile. "I hope to finish with some idea of where the remains of the city are and be able to cover as much area as I can.”Emberling explained.
Based on the george reisner notebooks, an American archaeologist who excavated the Nubian pyramids between 1918 and 1919, Emberling seeks to find a gate in the city walls that faces the Nile, as Reisner's notes explain. It also seems that in the area there was a well large enough to be part of a palace, but that place was not excavated and disappeared under the sand.
Emberling is working with archaeologists from Denmark and Sudan using a wide variety of techniques to find the trace of the hidden city: satellite images, topographic surveys, magnetometry and extraction of conduction geological samples.
In recent years, Sudan has been best known for civil wars, genocide and the base of Al Qaeda. But Emberling says that beyond the turmoil and violence in the country, archaeologists have worked non-stop in the northern part of the country.
You can access the report on this investigation here.
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