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Jebel Moya (Sudan): new dates from a mortuary complex at the southern Meroitic frontier.

Brass M, Schwenniger JL - Azania (2013)

Bottom Line: This paper proposes a new chronology for the burial complex at Jebel Moya, south-central Sudan.Jebel Moya is re-interpreted as a burial complex situated on the southern periphery of the late Meroitic state, and its potential to serve as a chronological and cultural reference point for future studies in south-central and southern Sudan is outlined.Abstract available from the publisher.

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Affiliation: Institute of Archaeology, University College London, 31-34 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PY, United Kingdom.

ABSTRACT
This paper proposes a new chronology for the burial complex at Jebel Moya, south-central Sudan. It reassesses the body of evidence from Sir Henry Wellcome's original 1911-1914 excavations in order to place the site within a firm chronological framework by: (a) applying an attribute-based approach to discern discrete pottery assemblages; and (b) applying initial OSL dates to facilitate the reliable dating of this site for the first time. Jebel Moya is re-interpreted as a burial complex situated on the southern periphery of the late Meroitic state, and its potential to serve as a chronological and cultural reference point for future studies in south-central and southern Sudan is outlined.

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The distribution of burials in the Jebel Moya valley. The grey lines are water-eroded gullies and there is a large rock formation in the centre.
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Figure 2: The distribution of burials in the Jebel Moya valley. The grey lines are water-eroded gullies and there is a large rock formation in the centre.

Mentions: The Jebel Moya massif lies in the southern part of the Gezira Plain, Sudan, between the White and Blue Niles about 250 km south-southeast of Khartoum and approximately 310 km upstream from the Sixth Cataract (Figure 1). The area excavated at Jebel Moya is situated in a basin-like valley within the northeastern portion of the massif. Approximately a fifth of the basin's 10.4 ha was excavated over four seasons between January 1911 and April 1914 (Addison 1949), yielding 3135 human burials in 2791 graves, making it is the largest cemetery yet excavated in Northeast Africa (Figure 2). The precise dating of this site has long been in doubt and the aim of the present study is to define better the temporal context of this interpretively important assemblage.


Jebel Moya (Sudan): new dates from a mortuary complex at the southern Meroitic frontier.

Brass M, Schwenniger JL - Azania (2013)

The distribution of burials in the Jebel Moya valley. The grey lines are water-eroded gullies and there is a large rock formation in the centre.
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

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Figure 2: The distribution of burials in the Jebel Moya valley. The grey lines are water-eroded gullies and there is a large rock formation in the centre.
Mentions: The Jebel Moya massif lies in the southern part of the Gezira Plain, Sudan, between the White and Blue Niles about 250 km south-southeast of Khartoum and approximately 310 km upstream from the Sixth Cataract (Figure 1). The area excavated at Jebel Moya is situated in a basin-like valley within the northeastern portion of the massif. Approximately a fifth of the basin's 10.4 ha was excavated over four seasons between January 1911 and April 1914 (Addison 1949), yielding 3135 human burials in 2791 graves, making it is the largest cemetery yet excavated in Northeast Africa (Figure 2). The precise dating of this site has long been in doubt and the aim of the present study is to define better the temporal context of this interpretively important assemblage.

Bottom Line: This paper proposes a new chronology for the burial complex at Jebel Moya, south-central Sudan.Jebel Moya is re-interpreted as a burial complex situated on the southern periphery of the late Meroitic state, and its potential to serve as a chronological and cultural reference point for future studies in south-central and southern Sudan is outlined.Abstract available from the publisher.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Institute of Archaeology, University College London, 31-34 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PY, United Kingdom.

ABSTRACT
This paper proposes a new chronology for the burial complex at Jebel Moya, south-central Sudan. It reassesses the body of evidence from Sir Henry Wellcome's original 1911-1914 excavations in order to place the site within a firm chronological framework by: (a) applying an attribute-based approach to discern discrete pottery assemblages; and (b) applying initial OSL dates to facilitate the reliable dating of this site for the first time. Jebel Moya is re-interpreted as a burial complex situated on the southern periphery of the late Meroitic state, and its potential to serve as a chronological and cultural reference point for future studies in south-central and southern Sudan is outlined.

No MeSH data available.