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LECTURE: Memories of the Kings of Kush: New Excavations around the Royal Cemetery at El Kurru, Northern Sudan 

LECTURE: Memories of the Kings of Kush: New Excavations around the Royal Cemetery at El Kurru, Northern Sudan 

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LECTURE: Memories of the Kings of Kush: New Excavations around the Royal Cemetery at El Kurru, Northern Sudan 

Geoff Emberling, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, University of Michigan

El Kurru in northern Sudan has long been known as the burial place of most of the "Black Pharaohs"--the kings of Kush who conquered Egypt and ruled for nearly a century as Egypt's 25th Dynasty. A new research project, with funding from the Qatar-Sudan Archaeological Project and the National Geographic Society (among others), has returned to El Kurru to provide context to the remarkable reign of these kings. The project has excavated some monumental structures, including the largest pyramid at the site as well as a spectacular temple cut into the rock and a large city wall. The finds tell us a great deal about the lasting memory of the 25th Dynasty kings in the centuries after their death. 

 

Geoff Emberling is Assistant Research Scientist at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology at the University of Michigan (and former Museum Director of the Oriental Institute, University of Chicago). While his training and earlier research focused on ancient Mesopotamia, he has directed excavations in Sudan over the past 10 years, first in an Oriental Institute salvage excavation in the 4th Cataract region (with Bruce Williams) and now at El Kurru. 

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