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London Lecture: Shalfak: Re-Discovering a Middle Kingdom Fortress in Lower Nubia

Event Info

Host: EES
Type: Education - Lecture

Time and Place

Start Time: Thursday, 22nd June 2017, 6:30 pm
End Time: Thursday, 22nd June 2017, 7:30 pm
Location: The Egypt Exploration Society
Street: 3 Doughty Mews
City/Town: London WC1N 2PG
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Email: contact@ees.ac.uk
Phone: +442072421880



Shalfak: Re-Discovering a Middle Kingdom Fortress in Lower Nubia
Dr Claudia Naeser, Institute of Archaeology, University College London

In the Middle Kingdom, the Pharaonic state constructed a series of fortresses in Lower Nubia in order to secure Egypt's southern border and create a buffer zone against the Kingdom of Kerma. The generation of this "mudbrick curtain" is considered to be the largest building project of the Middle Kingdom and Egypt's first imperialist expansion.
Of the altogether seventeen fortresses only two survived above the waters of Lake Nasser. One of these, Shalfak, is preserved on a small island in the reservoir lake in northern Sudan, some fifty kilometres south of the present-day Egyptian border.
Shalfak is the least researched of the Lower Nubian fortresses, having seen only four weeks of cursory fieldwork in 1931, before the Shalfak Archaeological Mission (SAM) took up work at the site in April 2017. In the lecture, the mission director Claudia Naeser reports of the first results of the new project. They demonstrate Shalfak's potential in studying one of the most important chapters in Pharaonic history. The rich finds include a wealth of organic building materials in an amazing state of preservation. They also give an unexpected answer to the question in which colour the fortress shone when it dominated the Nile valley almost four thousand years ago.

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