Henriette’s research for her doctoral thesis brought us this week to England.
The first stop in our itinerary has been Manchester where we had the honor of being hosted by Timothy Insoll and Rachel MacLean at their beautiful residence at Buxton, an hour by train southeast of Manchester.
Yesterday, in the morning, we also visited Tim’s office at the University of Manchester where we took this photo.
After a fine lunch at the bistro of the University, we visited the Museum of Manchester (at the University), where the main attraction for us was the temporary exhibition on Nubia titled: “Grave Secrets: Tales of the Ancient Nubians“.
Based on the research by anatomist Sir Grafton Elliot Smith on the ancient human remains of Nubia, conducted during the First Archaeological Survey of Nubia (1907-1911), the exhibition showcases a Nubian timeline in a original and educative way: a couple of artifacts are displayed in groups representing the various cultural phases of the Nubian past from prehistory to the medieval era and accompanied by skeletal material dated to the same period. This skeletal material was selected by Elliot Smith on the basis of its interest for physical anthropology, and the remains on display are examples of facial characteristics, disease, dental health, trauma, and causes of death.
More details on the general project at the University of Manchester can be found here:
While information about another scientific event that took place in the frame of that project can be seen here:
And of course there exists a very interesting blog by Campbell Price, the curator of the Egyptian and Sudanese collection at the Manchester Museum: http://egyptmanchester.wordpress.com
However, there was more of interest awaiting us in Manchester!
Walking to the University, we photographed a fine neo-classical building as it appeared while we were crossing a small park.
And when we came closer, Rachel showed us the signs indicating its historical significance not only for Manchester…
…but also for the African continent!
Today in the morning, we drove from Buxton through the Peak District National Park to Chesterfield, famous for the “Crooked Spire” of the Church of Saint Mary and All Saints…
…and we took the train that brought us to Durham, where a new Nubiological adventure is waiting for us tomorrow…