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H 205 x W 290 mm

470 pages

40 tables, 302 figures, 644 plates (colour throughout)

Published Dec 2023

Archaeopress Archaeology


Hardback: 9781803276762

Digital: 9781803276779

DOI 10.32028/9781803276762

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The first of a set of three volumes publishing the excavations at the site of Kawa, Northern Dongola Reach, between 1997 and 2018 by the Sudan Archaeological Research Society. Volume I contains a detailed study of the excavations carried out in Areas A, B, C, and F, as well as the temenos gateway, Building Z1 and the Kushite cemetery R18.



1. Introduction – Derek A. Welsby

2. The Kushite town of Gematon – Derek A. Welsby

3. Excavations of the painted shrine and other buildings in Area A – Derek A. Welsby

4. Excavations in Area B – Derek A. Welsby                           

5. Excavations in Area C – Derek A. Welsby

6. Excavations in Area F – Building F1, adjacent streets and Building F11 – Derek A. Welsby

7. Excavations in Area F – grid squares (FQ3), (FQ4), (FR3), (FR4), (FS3) and (FT3) – Derek A. Welsby

8. Excavations in Area F – Grid squares (FZ1) and (FZ2) – Derek A. Welsby

9. Excavations in the temenos gateway, grid square (TG5) – Derek A. Welsby

10. Excavations of Building Z1 – Mahmoud Suliman Bashir and Derek A. Welsby

11. Excavations within the Kushite cemetery at Gematon (site R18) – Derek A. Welsby

12. The Kushite cemetery at Gematon (site R18) – Derek A. Welsby

13. Magnetic survey at Kawa – Tomasz Herbich

14. Ground-Penetrating Radar (GPR) survey at Kawa – Stephen Kay and Sophie Hay

15. Radiocarbon dating – Derek A. Welsby

16. Preservation, Conservation and Display – Derek A. Welsby

17. Concluding remarks – Derek A. Welsby

18. Bibliography for Volume I

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About the Author

Derek A. Welsby, while a curator in the Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan at the British Museum, was the project director, and one of the field directors, of the SARS Amri to Kirbekan Survey from 1999 to 2007. He has directed excavations and surveys in Sudan on a wide range of sites since 1982. Many of the other contributors, from a variety of disciplines, participated in the fieldwork for one or more seasons.