Re-excavating SJE-350/II at https://nubianburial.ku.dk/
This website is intended to function as an online archive of all the documentation available about a single Nubian burial – 350/II – excavated in 1963 by the Scandinavian Joint expedition. This specific grave was located at Debeira, in Lower Nubia, on a site labelled Neg ‘Iryan (co-ordinates 937.730/657.350). It is dated to the Late Antique period, to the so-called Post-Meroitic period, c. 400-600 C.E.
The site contains archival records from the excavation, photographs, excerpts of published material, and modern records from artifacts now curated in Sweden (Gustavianum, University of Uppsala) and Norway (Museum of Archaeology, University of Stavanger). Particular attention has been paid to the textiles found in situ in the grave.
Talks, Seminars & Conferences
FORTHCOMING (we hope!) 26-30 of August 2020. Co-organiser of session 195 at the European Association of Archaeologist annual meeting in Budapest: In textile layers. Wrapped human remains, animals and artifacts in the Nile Valley from Prehistory to the Early Medieval period. With Luise Ørsted Brandt (The Globe Institute, University of Copenhagen) and Matilde Borla (Soprintendenza Archeologia, Torino). call for papers / For updates concerning the EAA meeting and the session, related to COVID-19 logistic etc., see EAA 2020
2019. “Unraveling the Nubian openwork”, with Ulrikka Mokdad. Textile Research in Egypt and Sudan: ongoing projects at the CTR. Centre for Textile Research lecture series, 27th of November, University of Copenhagen.
2019. “Blue Threads: the indigo textiles of ancient Sudan (c. 100-350 CE)”. CIETA congress, 7th of October, Krefeld.
2019. “Spinning North and South. The great divide in textile craft technologies in Meroitic Sudan and Nubia (0-550 CE)”. Purpureae Vestes VII, 3rd of October, University of Grenada.
2019. “Blue and white along the Middle Nile: the Meroitic elites and their passion for indigo”, with M. Biesaga. European Association of Archaeologists 2019, Bern, 7th of September, session 133: Ancient Textile Production from an Interdisciplinary Approach
2019. co-organiser of Current Research in Textile Archaeology along the Nile, TAES seminar, University of Copenhagen. 21 of January.
2018. “Changing textiles – shifting identities? Costume and political allegiance in Late Antic Nubia“. International Conference for Nubian Studies, 10-15th of September, Paris, Louvre-Sorbonne university.
2017. “Textiles as archaeological sources: case-studies from Meroitic Sudan“, Seminar at the Polish Academy of Science, Warsaw. June 20.
2017. “Cotton and textile production in Sudan. Overview of the available data and historical implications“. Workshop Cotton in the Old World: domestication, cultivation, use and trade. Musée d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris, May 3-4.
2017. “Clothing the elite? Patterns of textile production and consumption in ancient Sudan and Nubia“. Conference Dynamics and Organisation of Textile Production in Past Societies in Europe and the Mediterranean, Lodz University, June 21-22 2017.
2016. “Textiles activities in context: an example of craft production in Meroitic Sudan”. 12th International Conference for Meroitic Studies, Prague National Museum, 5-9th September.
2016. “Precious textiles and diplomatic gift-giving in Late Antic Nubia (c. A.D. 350-550)”. Symposium Gifts, Commodities and Tributes. The Circulation of Textiles and the Ancient Economy. Leibnitz University Hannover and CTR. June 9-10.
2016. “Les textiles dans la tombe : places et rôles des tissus dans les rituels funéraires méroïtiques“. Colloque Pratiques rituelles au Soudan ancien: gestes, paroles, mobilier.
2010. “Le linceul peint de Saï“. Colloque Les échanges culturels dans les sociétés du Soudan ancien. Emprunts, adaptations, survivances.
Publications: articles, conference proceedings & forthcoming works
Forthcoming. “Unravelling the threads of the Nubian openworks. New inquiries on a unique textile tradition from Meroitic Sudan (c. 350 BCE – 350 CE)”, with U. Mokdad. In A. Ulanowska, K. Grömer, M. Örhman & I. Van den Berghe (eds.), Ancient Textile Production from an Interdisciplinary Approach, Proceedings of EAA 2019 session 133, Springer eds.
Forthcoming. “Cultural interconnections of textile craft and burial practices in Early Medieval Sai (Sudan)”, with M.-L. Murillo, V. Francigny & A. de Voogt. Archaeological Textile Review 2020.
Forthcoming. “Changing textiles – shifting identities? Costume and political allegiance in Late Antic Nubia”, with M.M. Wozniak. In A. Hallman (ed.), Outward Appearance vs. Inward Significance: Addressing Identities through Attire in the Ancient World. Proceedings of the 14th Annual University of Chicago Oriental Institute Seminar. Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago.
Forthcoming. “Textiles activities in context: an example of craft production in Meroitic Sudan”. In 12th International Conference for Meroitic Studies, Conference proceedings, Prague National Museum, 5-9th September 2017.
2019. “Tightening the thread from seed to cloth. New enquiries in the archaeology of Old World cotton: a case for inter-disciplinarity”, with C. Bouchaud. In C. Bouchaud and E. Yvanez (eds.), Cotton in the Old World. Domestication, Cultivation, Uses and Exchange, Revue d’Ethnoécologie 15, DOI https://journals.openedition.org/ethnoecologie/4501
2019. “Cotton in ancient Sudan and Nubia: archaeological sources and historical implications”, with M. Wozniak. In C. Bouchaud and E. Yvanez (eds.), Cotton in the Old World. Domestication, Cultivation, Uses and Exchange, Revue d’Ethnoécologie 15, DOI https://journals.openedition.org/ethnoecologie/4429
2019. “Precious textiles and diplomatic gift-giving in Late Antic Nubia (c. A.D. 350-550)”. In Hg. von Beate Wagner-Hasel and Marie Louise Nosch (eds.), Gaben, Waren und Tribute: Stoffkreisläufe und antike Textilökonomie, Steiner-Verlag, 2019, p. 457-475.
2019. “TexMeroe. Archaeology of textile production in the kingdom of Meroe, new approaches to cultural identity and economics in ancient Sudan and Nubia”. Archaeological Textile Review 60: 105-109.
2019. “Exploring Textiles and Textile Working from Prehistory to AD 500. Review of the Liverpool conference”. Archaeological Textile Review 60: 134-135.
2018. “Clothing the Elite? Patterns of Textile Production and Consumption in Ancient Sudan and Nubia“. In A. Ulanowska, M. Siennicka, and M. Grupa (eds.), Dynamics and Organisation of Textile Production in Past Societies in Europe and the Mediterranean, Fasciculi Archaeologiae Historicae 31: 81-92.
2018. “Se vêtir à Djebel Adda. Nouvelles Perspectives de recherche sur l’identité culturelle en Nubie méroïtique“, in G. Choimet and M. Maillot (eds.), Actualités archéologiques françaises au Soudan, Route de l’Orient, hors série n°3: 103-123.
2016. “Textiles and Funerary Rituals. The wrapping of offerings at Meroe and el-Hobagi”. Sudan and Nubia 20: 75-81.
2016. “Spinning in Meroitic Sudan. Textile Implements from Abu Geili”. Dotawo, a journal for Nubian studies, vol. 3: 153-178.
2015. “De fil en aiguille : aspects de l’artisanat textile méroïtique”. Egypte Afrique et Orient 78: 63-66.
2012. “Les textiles des nécropoles méroïtiques de Saï”. In F. Doyen et D. Devauchelle (éds.), Fouilles sur l’île de Saï (Soudan), 2005-2010, CRIPEL 29: 331-344.
2010. “Rock Inscriptions from Semna and Kumma. Epigraphic Study“. Sudan National Museum and Section Française de la Direction des Antiquités du Soudan.