Nubia in NAR

It is the second time that a request for help by a specific colleague leads us to the composition of an entry for the Medieval Sai Project Internet Space.

This colleague is none other than the UNESCO expert for Nubian matters, Costanza de Simone. So, the first time that she asked us for some infos, it concerned the state of affairs for Nubian artifacts exhibited in Nordic countries in post-Scandinavian Joint Expedition (SJE) era. The result was the last comment in this entry, as well as a very important, in our opinion, interview with Dr. Ashton that can be read in no. 13 of this entry in our GNM blog.

This time, Costanza, who is compiling a “Nubiological bibliography”, asked about the related contents in the peer review journal Norwegian Archaeological Review (NAR).

Henriette has already in 2009 published an article on the Bronze Age Kingdom of Kush seen through the methodological filter of world system theory:

The Kingdom of Kush: An African Centre on the Periphery of the Bronze Age World System

Moreover, this year she contributed with a book review for NAR. It concerned the book by Mariam F. Ayad titled “God’s Wife, God’s Servant” (Routledge 2009).

Although the last entries in this blog have been related to book reviews, we will not of course just repeat hereby the text of that book review Henriette prepared for NAR! This you can find here!

We wish, however, to list all the Nubiological contributions hosted in that journal so as to produce a useful list of references, paying also at the same time homage to the generation that mostly contributed to the subject in Scandinavia, namely that of Randi Haaland and Hans-Åke Nordström.

So, since 1968 and the first volume of NAR that was published, we can sample the following contributions:

In vol. 10, published in 1977 the discussion article by Randi Haaland, titled “Archaeological Classification and Ethnic Groups: A Case from Sudanese Nubia” was commented by J. Desmond Clark, Bruce G. Trigger, Fred Wendorf, Anthony E. Marks, and Joel Shiner, while Randi wrote a final reply to those comments (pp. 1-31).

In the first issue of vol. 15, published in 1981, two articles on the prehistory in Central Sudan were hosted; the authors were Randi Haaland and El Tigani El Mahi (pp. 44-65).

Three years later, the entire volume of the first issue of vol. 17 (1984) was dedicated to Africa. These were the contents in more detail:

Söderbergh, T. 1984. ‘The Scandinavian Joint Expedition to Sudanese Nubia 1961-1964’, pp. 1-10.

Siiriäinen, A. 1984. ‘Two Southern Sudanese pottery traditions in a historical perspective’, pp. 11-18.

Nygaard, S. E. and M. R. Talbot 1984. ‘Stone Age archaeology and environment on the Southern Accra plains, Ghana’, pp. 19-38.

Haaland, R. 1984. ‘Continuity and discontinuity. How to account for a two thousand years gap in the cultural history of the Khartoum Nile environment’, pp. 39-51.

Mohammed-Ali, A. and A. E. Marks 1984. ‘The prehistory of Shaqadud in the Western Butana, Central Sudan: A preliminary report’, pp. 52-59.

Sinclair, P. J. J. 1984. ‘Some aspects of current Swedish archaeological research in Africa’, pp. 60-63.

Then, it took twelve years before the article “The Nubian A-Group: Ranking funerary remains” by Hans-Åke Nordström was hosted in the first issue of vol. 29 (1996, pp. 17-39).

Finally, in the second issue of vol. 29, published in the same year (1996), David Edwards contributed to NAR with his paper “Sorghum, Beer and Kushite Society” (pp. 65-77)

The case studies from NAR presented here deal with both Nubia in particular and Sudan in general. There are also a couple of Egyptological articles in NAR, as well as some more general on African topics. The limits of Nubian Studies in NAR cannot differ from the limits of Nubian Studies in general. And the selection of the representative works here is in accordance with the criteria upon which a paper is accepted as fitting for a Conference on Nubian Studies.
Closing this entry, we should also mention two recent links that appeared on the Web and concern Norwegian involvement in archaeological projects that are of interest to the GNM:
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