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University of Chicago (Chicago, IL 60637-5418)
Christopher Woods (Project Director: December 2018 to May 2021)
Theo P.J. Van den Hout (Project Director: May 2021 to present)
Lisa A. Heidorn (Co Project Director: February 2019 to present)

Collaborative Research
Research Programs

$212,388 (approved)
$167,072 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2019 – 12/31/2022

Oriental Institute Nubian Archaeological Expedition Publication Project

Preparation of final monographs of salvage expeditions from sites flooded by the reservoir of the Merowe Dam along the Nile in present-day Sudan. (36 months)

The Oriental Institute Nubian Expedition Publication Project plans to publish results of salvage excavations (2007-2008) at sites flooded by the reservoir of the Merowe Dam at the Fourth Cataract of the Nile, an area previously almost unexplored by archaeologists. The major industrial gold processing center of Hosh el Geruf is earlier than 1550 BCE, although it was believed the Egyptians introduced the process later. The complete, ordered Middle Nubian cemetery of al-Widay (1850-1550 BCE) dates bodies of evidence and reveals interactions with areas both north and south. The excavations and survey on the island of Umm Gebir discovered tombs of local tradition dating to the New Kingdom, and unusual Napatan structures. Major bodies of new evidence will be available to the public and scholarly community, greatly enhancing the study of civilizations along the ancient Nile.