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Between the Cataracts 1. Proceedings of the 11th International Conference for Nubian Studies, Warsaw University 27 August - 2 September 2006

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Between the Cataracts 1. Proceedings of the 11th International Conference for Nubian Studies, Warsaw University 27 August - 2 September 2006, ed. by W. Godlewski and A. Lajtar, Warsaw 2008

The scale of archaeological undertakings in Nubian archaeology in the past ten years and the sheer amount of new data that have been obtained, spanning Nubian heritage from the Paleolithic to the Funj Sultanate of Sinnar, have spurred a revision of many long-held views and a tackling of new perspectives in Ancient Nubian studies. The Proceedings of the 11th International Conference of the Society of Nubian Studies in Warsaw bring a timely record of the newest research into the ancient history and archaeology of Nubia, the territories of the Nile Valley and the deserts south of the first cataract (i.e., southern Egypt and northern Sudan). The papers, published in two parts, cover diverse aspects of research from reports on recent excavations, through documentary studies and insightful analyses of Nubian society, architecture and art.

Part one, comprising papers by 17 researchers, scholars in Nubian Studies, constitutes a compact summary of long-term research on the main centers of Nubian civilization and a broader historical reflection, taking into account also the influence of external factors on the situation in Nubia. A review of the archaeological work and research conducted in 2002-2006 is provided by D.A. Welsby. Site overviews include Wadi Howar (F. Jesse), Dokki Gel (Ch. Bonnet, D. Valbelle), Tombos (S.T. Smith), Sedeinga (C. Berger-el Naggar), Gebel Barkal (A. Roccati), Musawwarat es Sufra (S. Wenig), Meroe (K. Grzymski), Qasr Ibrim (P. Rose), Dongola (S. Jakobielski)¸ Banganarti (B. Żurawski, A. Łajtar). Moreover, W.Y. Adams reviews current scholarship into Nubian society, L. Török discusses the rise of the segmentarian state, and C. Rilly proposes a revolutionary look at ethnicity in Nubia. W. Godlewski focuses on aspects of royal and episcopal iconography in Christian Nubian wall paintings. T. Kendall searches into the astronomical meaning of Gebel Barkal which prompted Taharka to locate his tomb site there.
Part two presents 60 plus papers read at the conference, including issues related to the Fourth Cataract salvage effort of recent years, as well as a record of two panel discussions devoted to the topics of official and vernacular languages in the Nubian Kingdoms and representations of rulers and religious ceremony inside sacral buildings.

Włodzimierz Godlewski, Adam Łajtar
Jean Leclant
Adresse a`la XIe Conference internationale des etudes nubiennes
Mohamed Yussif
J. Leclant
William Y. Adams
Social class and local tradition in Nubia: The evidence from archaeology
Derek A. Welsby
Merowe Dam Archaeological Salvage Project 1996-2006
Friederike Jesse
Time of experimentation? The 4th and 3rd millennia BC in Lower Wadi Howar, Northwestern Sudan
Charles Bonnet
L’occupation egyptienne au Nouvel Empire a Doukki Gel: L’apport d’arche´ologie
Dominique Valbelle
Les temples thoutmosides de Pnoubs (Doukki Gel). L’apport de l’e´pigraphie et de
Stuart Tyson Smith
Tombos and the transition period from the New Kingdom to the Napatan Period
in Upper Nubia
Timothy Kendall
Why did Taharqa build his tomb at Nuri?
Laszlo Torok
From chiefdom to “segmentary state”. Meroitic studies. A personal view
Catherine Berger el-Naggar
Contribution de Sedeinga a l’histoire de la Nubie
Pamela Rose
Early settlement at Qasr Ibrim
Claude Rilly
Enemy brothers. Kinship and relationship between Meroites and Nubians (Noba)
Krzysztof Grzymski
Recent research at the palaces and temples of Meroe: A contribution to the study
of Meroitic civilization
Steffen Wenig
Ten years of excavations at Musawwarat es Sufra, 1995-2004
Alessandro Roccati
The Italian Archaeological Expedition to Jebel Barkal/Napata
Włodzimierz Godlewski
Bishops and Kings. The official program of the Pachoras (Faras) Cathedrals
Stefan Jakobielski
The Holy Trinity Monastery in Old Dongola
Bogdan Zurawski
The churches of Banganarti, 2002-2006
Adam Lajtar
Late Christian Nubia through visitors’ inscriptions from the Upper Church at Banganarti