Excavating in Sudan: Catch a Glimpse

Our team, from the National Corporation for Antiquities and Museums, Sudan together with the British Museum, UK  have been excavating in the Berber-Abidiya region of Sudan at Dangeil since 2000.  Excavations have revealed a previously unknown temple of the 1st century AD dedicated to Amun, the Nubian Kushite god of kingship. A number of surprising discoveries have been made there foremost being the find of fragments of four royal statues of  the 7th century BC which were found mixed together in the destruction phase of the later Amun temple. These possibly originated in a statue cache and included a large, striding granite figure of Taharqo, who ruled Egypt as a pharaoh of the 25th Dynasty, and two of his successors Senkamanisken and possibly Aspelta who is shown here in the image.


Until very recently, it has been difficult to live broadcast/tweet/blog/etc. results of our excavations while working in the field. Electricity, mobile phones and the internet are recent arrivals to the area. Normally we excavate in the autumn when temperatures in northern Sudan are a bit cooler.  To get a flavour of our work, just in time for the Day of Archaeology, and with the fantastic assistance of the Web Team at the British Museum, our project web site, the product of many ‘days of archaeology’, has just gone live and highlights of our recent excavations at the site can now be shared more widely:

British Museum International Training Programme : Facebook Group

The British Museum International training Programe  (ITP) , is a six week course arranged with several UK museums, in museology, art galleries. for experts, archaeologist and all students around the world.

Most Participants come from different parts of the world From :Afghanistan, Brazil China , Egypt, Ghana, India ,Iran , Iraq, Kenya, ,Mexico, Mozambique, Nigeria, Palestine , South Africa ,Sudan, Turkey, UAE and Uganda.

However, during the ICTP 2009, a facebook group (ICTP) has been launched to keep communication between ICTP participants, BM staff, and collegeus from other participant Museums. The group gives its members the chance to share their news through posting on group wall, and uploading their photos on the group. The ICTP facebook group has an international environment, with its 84  members from more than 16 countries, sharing different cultures and languages, but all has same interests in Museum Studies, Archaeology, and history…etc. Moreover, the group celebrated all kinds of events social and professional.

The group has been developed well over the past months, and it starts to become an excellent communication link between participants and a gathering point to all members. It also started a self introduction of itself towards further participants. For the first time, the group had sent welcoming PowerPoint slides before the beginning of the programme to both ICTP  participants of 2010, and 2011 and plan to send it Annually .

The group also developed and now has an offical e-mail:

where you can e-mail the group, and all of your comments will be automatically posted on the group wall.

We will be very happy, to see you on our group, to participate and share with us your experience in Archaeology, Museology, Galleries, and any related subject. : This is our link on facebook :


Its our pleasure to have you in our goup 🙂 Your Always welcome !!!


Haytham Dieck

BM-ICTP facebook Administrator