The Berber-Abidiya archaeological project

Project leader

Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan 


  • Dr Salah eldin Mohamed Ahmed, Director of Field Work, National Corporation for Antiquities and Museums, Sudan

Supported by

Institute for Bioarchaeology National Corporation for Antiquities and Museums, Sudan
  • Archeology4All
  • Institute for Bioarchaeology
  • Michela Schiff Giorgini Foundation of the
    United States
  • National Corporation for Antiquities and Museums, Sudan
  • Anonymous donor

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Cleaning the kiosk located on the processional way

The Berber-Abidiya region is situated just south of the fifth Nile cataract in Sudan. This project, a joint mission with the Sudanese National Corporation for Antiquities and Museums (NCAM), is focussed on the late Kushite city of Dangeil (third century BC – fourth century AD) and associated cemeteries.

Excavations have revealed a previously unknown temple of the first century AD and through a number of surprising revelations, are provoking a substantial re-evaluation of the previously accepted history of the Kushite period. The remarkable standing preservation of structures at Dangeil make it unique in Sudan and thus of great importance for Sudan’s cultural history and national heritage.

These sites are threatened by modern development, from expansion of modern villages, and construction of roads and industries, to new agricultural and irrigation projects. This project aims, at the request of the NCAM to conserve structures on site and preserve it as a local museum and archaeological site park.