El Kurru is an archaeological site in northern Sudan that contains the pyramid burials of some of the kings and queens of ancient Kush, in particular most of the kings who conquered and ruled ancient Egypt from about 750-650 BCE. The site is also part of a UNESCO World Heritage area.
The burials were mostly excavated in 1919. A new archaeological project working at the site since 2013 has aimed to provide broader context for these burials and has excavated two funerary temples as well as a later Medieval (Christian) settlement.
Currently, visitors to the site (both Sudanese and international) do not enter the modern village of El Kurru and there is little connection or engagement with the local community or with the place itself--a village with palm groves set right on the Nile River.
Conversations between the archaeological team and the local community in winter 2016 have led to the current project: developing a cultural heritage connection between ancient and modern.