This morning, a memorial for Mahmoud Salih took place at the Resource Centre for International Development, the depository of the Mahmoud Salih collection.


Photo by Sylvia Keala Duerr

Dr. Howaida Faisal Abdelrahman and professor Anders Bjørkelo led the friends of Mahmoud Salih, who were present in Bergen this morning, through a decent ceremony consisting of a series of short but deeply felt obituaries.

Professors, researchers, students, librarians, administrators, and representatives of the Sudanese diplomatic corps, shared their honest respect, friendship and love for a man who was always bringing to his visits to the north the most positive energy and warmth from his south. This was one of the ideas behind the title “Connecting South and North” for the Festschrift that was offered to Mahmoud Salih for his 70th birthday five years ago …

But what we wish to keep from the commemoration honoring him is the promise to continue servicing Sudan Studies, and his sincere love for books, archives, history, literature, the arts.


We’ll be talking about some of these topics on Saturday in another venue in Bergen: the annual general meeting of the Norwegian Egyptological Society. A small panel is planned as the closing talk, a panel that will discuss the future of Egyptological, Nubiological, and Sudanological Studies at the University of Bergen. Here follows the program:



Another academic update we want to refer to concerns one of the sessions in the ASOR 2014 annual meeting in San Diego, USA. It was the only session concerned with Sudan:

Kush and the Ancient Near East after 1000 BCE  

Theme: The culture of Kush and its northern relationships before the Roman conquest of 


CHAIR: Bruce Williams (The Oriental Institute), Presiding



Introduction (5 min.)


Stuart Smith (University of California, Santa Barbara), “Egyptian Dominance, Nubian

Revival: Entanglement, Hybridity and the transition from imperial subject to Pharaoh in

Nubia.” (15 min.)


Jeremy Pope (The College of William & Mary), “Kushite Strategy in the Near East: Was

it Imperial?” (15 min.)


Geoff Emberling (University of Michigan) and Rachael Dann (University of

Copenhagen), “New Perspectives on Napatan Kingship: The 2014 Excavation at El

Kurru, Northern Sudan” (15 min.)


Kathryn Howley (Brown University), “Imports or Influence? Tracing the Origin of Royal

Tomb Assemblages from Nuri” (15 min.)


Vincent Francigny (American Museum of Natural History, New York), “Sedeinga:

Kushite Burial Traditions Beyond the Borders of Egypt” (15 min.)


Douglas Comer (The ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Archaeological

Heritage Management (ICAHM), Baltimore, Cultural Site Research and Management),

“The Qatar-Sudan Archaeological Project (QSAP): The Kingdom of Kush on a Global

Stage” (15 min.)


Last but not least, there are interesting developments from the cultural heritage challenges that appeared at El Khandaq, Northern Province, Sudan last week. News broke that the so-called “House of the Officer” has been sold for the sake of some development project.
Photo by Intissar Soghayroun el-Zein

Photo by Intissar Soghayroun el-Zein

As stated by professor Intissar Soghayroun el-Zein, the photograph shows that restoration work had started before the issue was settled with the archaeologists and the other stakeholders of the cultural heritage in the region.
However, it seems that after the initial reactions at el Khandaq and the announcements in the press mainly by Azhari Mustafa Sadig (see HERE and HERE and HERE in Arabic) – to whom we owe all information for this and the previous post on the topic – things seem to have changed:

Professor Intissar reported that she received several calls from the ministry of culture in the Northern Province who assured her that they are eager to protect archaeological and historical sites in the state.

Also she received a call from the governor of the province in el Goulid who said that there was a misunderstanding of the information between the People’s Committee of Khandaq and the team.

He said that he had a discussion to establish what he called “a Tourist resort” along the Nile bank in el Khandaq and discussed the sale of a government house for those who wish to invest in the project.

He told Intisar that the committee agreed with this idea, and “they” never resist it.

Still they negotiate to build the Tourist resort, but they stop selling any historical building there.

They assure that they will not affect any archaeological building or the general panorama of the site.

The balance between tourism and archaeology in such vulnerable areas like the Middle Nile is a difficult one…

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3 Responses to Updates

  1. Howaida says:

    Thanks for documenting this. He deserves a lot

  2. Pingback: Around the Archaeology Blog-o-sphere Digest #11 | Doug's Archaeology

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