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The Elite Meroitic Necropolis of Sai Island, Part II: Bioarchaeological Interpretations

Author(s): Tosha Dupras ; Vincent Francigny ; Amanda Groff ; Alex de Voogt

Year: 2017

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Five Meroitic necropoli have been identified on Sai Island, located in northern Sudan between the 2nd and 3rd Nile cataracts. Recent archaeological excavations conducted by the French Unit of the National Corporation for Antiquities and Museums have focused on a small elite Meroitic necropolis (300BC-350AD). Although the archaeology of this necropolis is complicated by interments from other periods and looting, here we present the initial analyses of the Meroitic elite skeletal remains in concert with their contextual information, including demography, paleopathology, and stable nitrogen, carbon and oxygen isotope analyses, in an effort to reconstruct the life histories of this segment of the Sai Island Meroitic population.

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The Elite Meroitic Necropolis of Sai Island, Part II: Bioarchaeological Interpretations. Tosha Dupras, Vincent Francigny, Amanda Groff, Alex de Voogt. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429371)


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min long: -18.809; min lat: -38.823 ; max long: 53.262; max lat: 38.823 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 15520

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America