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Lecture: Shalfak: Re-Discovering a Middle Kingdom Fortress in Lake Nubia


Saturday October 12 2019
AGM at 1.00 Talk at 2.00

By Dr Claudia Näser
Venue: Oakwood Centre


Dr Claudia Näser

Before the Shalfak Archaeological Mission took up work in 2017, Shalfak was the least researched of the Middle Kingdom fortresses in Lower Nubia. After the site had seen a summary investigation by the Harvard University and Museum of Fine Arts Boston Expedition in a single season in 1931, it remained untouched, until it was thought to have been drowned in the waters of Lake Nasser/Nubia in the 1960s. Only in 2002 it transpired that Shalfak and the neighboring fortress of Uronarti had survived on small islands in the reservoir lake, some fifty kilometres south of the Egyptian-Sudanese border.

The lecture will present the results of the first two field seasons of the Shalfak Archaeological Mission. One focus will be on the potential location of a temple in Shalfak. A second emphasis will be on the organisation of functional space and provisioning in the fortress, drawing on recent investigations in the granary and an architectural complex north of the fortress. Data from a comprehensive will be used to explore how the construction and the maintenance of the fortress were organised. Post-excavation analysis of organic finds at UCL's Institute of Archaeology as well as the future research programme at this unique site will also be discussed.


Dr Claudia Näser is Lecturer in Egyptian Archaeology at University College London. She has worked in Egypt and Sudan for more than two decades and has been directing archaeological salvage and research projects in Sudan since 2004. She is also the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Egyptian Archaeology.

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