Heritage and Community at the Pyramids of El Kurru, Sudan

Project ID: 1272

Cube proposed by: Geoff Emberling

Unit: LSA: Humanities

Cycle: MCubed 2.0

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About this project: 
El Kurru in northern Sudan is the burial place of kings and queens of ancient Kush and also part of a UNESCO World Heritage site. Excavation over the past four years has aimed to provide broader context for these pyramid burials, and has discovered remains of a Medieval Christian village adjacent to the cemetery. Local people living in the village of El Kurru have generally not identified the ancient Kushite kings and queens as their ancestors. People living in the village are Muslim and Arabic-speaking, while ancient Kush has been claimed as an ancestor by Nubian-speakers in Sudan. The presence of an archaeological project recovering ancient Kushite and Medieval Christian remains in a Muslim village has raised questions about heritage and opportunities for developing new ideas and new ways of presenting heritage at the site for residents, people in the region, and Sudanese as well as international tourist visitors.