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H 290 x W 205 mm

252 pages

493 plates, 74 figures (colour throughout)

Published Dec 2020

Archaeopress Archaeology


Hardback: 9781789698039

Digital: 9781789698046

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Sudan; pharaonic; rock-inscriptions; Korosko Road; Settlements; Gold; Mining

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Sudan Archaeological Research Society Publication 24

Travelling the Korosko Road: Archaeological Exploration in Sudan’s Eastern Desert

Edited by W. Vivian Davies, Derek A. Welsby

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This volume publishes accounts of archaeological exploration carried out in the Sudanese Eastern Desert. A pioneering programme of expeditions along the so-called ‘Korosko Road’ revealed a rich archaeological landscape frequented over millennia, including gold-production areas and their associated settlements.



Preface – W. Vivian Davies and Derek A. Welsby ;

Part I. The CeRDO expeditions (1989-2006) ;
1. Explorations in Sudan’s Eastern Nubian Desert, 1989 to 2006 1-4 – Alfredo and Angelo Castiglioni ;
2. Wadi Terfowi 5-10 – Alfredo and Angelo Castiglioni ;
3. The gold mines of Kerma and exploration of the south-eastern Nubian Desert 11-21 – Alfredo and Angelo Castiglioni ;
4. The Tracks of Egyptian Penetration 22-47 – Alfredo and Angelo Castiglioni ;
5. Traces of the Past – First Expedition 48-55 – Alfredo and Angelo Castiglioni ;
6. Traces of the Past – Second Expedition 56-61 – Alfredo and Angelo Castiglioni ;
7. The Journey to Onib Crater (el-Hofra) 62-67 – Alfredo and Angelo Castiglioni 8. The Nubian and Pharaonic Ceramic Materials 68-83 – Andrea Manzo ;
9. Imported wares in the Sudanese Eastern Desert: finds from the CeRDO Survey 2004 84-98 – Serena Massa ;
10. Preliminary study of the macro-lithic tools collected by CeRDO in the Sudanese Eastern Desert 99-124 – Francesco Michele Rega ;

Part II. The SARS Korosko Road Project (2013) ;
11. The Korosko Road as a major cross-desert route: a brief overview 125-130 – Derek A. Welsby ;
12. Gazetteer of sites 131-163 – Derek A. Welsby ;
13. The Korosko Road Project: Final Report on the Pottery 164-183 – Philippe Ruffieux and Mahmoud Suliman Bashir ;
14. The hand-axe and denticulated tool 184 – Donatella Usai ;
15. Securing the Gold of Wawat: pharaonic inscriptions in the Sudanese-Nubian Eastern Desert 185-220 – W. Vivian Davies


The Korosko Road serves as the main route through the desert between Egypt and the Sudan. The present volume covers the archeological exploration carried out in the region over the past 30 years in a series of essays by several scholars. The first part explores and documents the region between 1989 and 2006. There are chapters on the archeological remains, pottery finds and on the gold mines—the main reason for colonial penetration into this region otherwise inhospitable to Europeans. The second part of the book, the fruit of a brief season in 2013 by the Sudan Archeologist Research Society, opens with a useful summary of travelers to the region going back to antiquity. The aim is to consolidate the previous survey and document the more than 40 hieroglyphic inscriptions found in the region. The book is beautifully produced with full and detailed academic records of all finds. The hundreds of excellent photographs are of importance, since the recent informal reopening of many mines has led to much looting of archeological sites.