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Presented By: Kelsey Museum of Archaeology

AIA Lecture | Rediscovering Napata—Capital City of Ancient Kush

Geoff Emberling, University of Michigan

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Jebel Barkal
Napata (modern Jebel Barkal), located on the Middle Nile in what is now northern Sudan, was an urban center for nearly 2,000 years, at least 1500 BCE to 250 CE. While earlier generations of research at the site focused on the monumental pyramids, temples, and palaces that are its most visible remains, a new project at the site aims to reconceptualize these scattered monuments as parts of an ancient city. Magnetometry and test excavation in 2019 and 2020 have identified a previously unrecognized area of settlement (a "lost city") and begin to allow us to evaluate the local environment and economy.

This lecture is presented by the Archaeological Institute of America, Southern Nevada chapter.

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If you are unable to attend this lecture, Geoff Emberling will be giving a similar lecture on May 14 at 7:00 p.m. For more details, visit

A recording of this lecture will be freely available for a limited time. If you would like to receive an email with a link to the recording after the talk, please email Geoff Emberling at

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April 21, 2021 (Wednesday) 8:00pm
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