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The Journal of African Archaeology is an international peer-reviewed periodical appearing half-yearly since 2003. It publishes original papers addressing recent research and developments in African archaeology and related disciplines. The journal's main purpose is to provide scholars and students with a new pan-African forum for discussing relevant topics on the cultural dynamics of past African societies.

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Vol. 12 (2) 2014

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D. Usai, S. Salvatori, T. Jakob & R. David

The Al Khiday Cemetery in Central Sudan and its “Classic/Late Meroitic” Period Graves

Journal of African Archaeology, Volume 12 (2), 2014, pages 183-204, DOI 10.3213/2191-5784-10254

Abstract

The first millennium BC in Sudan sees the birth of the Kushite (Napatan and then Meroitic) Kingdom. Royal cities, cemeteries and centres of religious power have attracted archaeologists and historians while peripheral areas have only rarely seen any systematic investigations. This lack of research provides difficulties in interpreting the limited evidence of the Napatan and Meroitic periods located on the White and Blue Niles and limits our comprehension of the role of this region within the political, economic and cultural framework of the kingdom. Recently, a multiphase cemetery was discovered at the site of Al Khiday 2, on the west bank of the White Nile, which was also used by a small group that is thought to be closely related to the Meroitic. The graves excavated have produced a bio-archaeological sample that is presented here with detailed descriptions of the funerary practices, including different types of grave structures, grave goods, burial position and orientation of the inhumations, as well as an overview of the anthropological analysis of this population. These findings are placed within the wider context of Meroitic studies by providing comparisons with contemporaneous sites, highlighting the possible elements of contiguity with that world, as well as providing some reflection on future research directions.


Résumé

Le premier millénaire avant notre ère voit l'émergence d'un royaume koushite (Napatéen puis Méroïtique) au Soudan. Des cités royales, des nécropoles et des centres de pouvoir religieux ont attiré les archéologues et les historiens alors que les zones périphériques n'ont que rarement fait l'objet de recherches systématiques. De ce manque d'investigations surviennent des difficultés d'interprétation des rares vestiges d'époques napatéenne et méroïtique rencontrés sur le Nil Blanc ou le Nil Bleu. Notre compréhension du rôle de cette région dans le système politique, économique et culturel du royaume en est de même limitée. Récemment, un cimetière marqué par plusieurs phases d'occupation a été mis au jour sur le site d'Al Khiday 2, sur la rive ouest du Nile Blanc. Parmi elles, un petit groupe semble être étroitement lié à la culture méroïtique. Les tombes fouillées ont livré l'échantillonnage bio-archéologique présenté dans cette contribution avec une description détaillée des pratiques funéraires, notamment des différents types de tombes, du mobilier, de la position et de l'orientation des défunts ainsi qu'un aperçu des analyses anthropologiques de cette population. Ces découvertes sont placées dans le contexte plus large des études méroïtiques en apportant des comparaisons avec des sites contemporains et en mettant en évidence de possibles rapprochements avec cette civilisation. L'analyse finale de cet état des lieux propose de futures pistes de réflexion.


Keywords: Al Khiday, bioarchaeology, funerary archaeology, grave goods, Meroitic Kingdom, periphery, Sudan


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