Recently we received the latest issue of the archaeological journal RISS published by students of archaeology at the University of Bergen.
‘Riss’ is a Norwegian term with multiple meanings, one of them being ‘carvings’, and this is significant for archaeological research, the object of the journal.
It was published for the first time in 2003 and this means that already quite some generations of students have contributed in the content as well as the editing of RISS.
The journal has of course hosted articles from other levels of the academic society too, researchers and professors alike.
Therefore, it was an honour for us to see the Medieval Sai Project being granted the privileged position of the cover page and we sincerely hope that there will be more Norwegian students and researchers interested in our work.
Henriette had already presented two articles in a previous edition of RISS dealing with both past and present aspects of the Sudan:
The first article was about the C-Group people of Lower Nubia (2500-1500 BCE) and their position between two of the oldest states in the world: Egypt in the north and Kush in the south.
The second article was about her impressions from the Fourth Cataract where she worked as an archaeologist for Sudan Archaeological Research Society’s mission in the salvage project during the building of the Merowe Dam. past and a topic on the present of archaeological research in the Sudan.
However, Bergen has had much wider contributions to African Archaeology, and it will be a good sign for the future of such studies in the University of Bergen if fieldwork activities and academic research in Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Mali, South Africa, and elsewhere, found even more space in the curriculum of the students.