Public Outreach and Community Engagement with the Tombos Archaeological Project in Sudan.


This is an abstract from the "The Future of Bioarchaeology in Archaeology" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

Public outreach and community engagement has become a larger focus of efforts in recent years for the Tombos Archaeological Project. Field seasons regularly include public lectures for adults in the community and children at the Tombos elementary school. We produced a pamphlet with information on the Tombos site (English/Arabic). We also created a website for the project (, with Arabic translations. This website includes information about our ongoing research, publications, team members, and active blog that is updated regularly, especially during the field season. In consultation with the Tombos community, we created teaching materials for the local elementary school. The teachers specifically requested materials that could be easily transported from one classroom to another. We designed and printed three large posters on durable weatherproof canvas that can be hung on these topics: archaeology, Nubian history, and Tombos research. These posters were well received, which we hope can assist the teachers given that no resources (textbooks, etc.) are provided in Sudan for learning about Nubian ancient history. Efforts have been made to disseminate our research in public venues and provide osteological training for Sudanese antiquities trainees. We established the American Sudanese Archaeological Research Center was established in 2017 (501c3 non-profit,

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Public Outreach and Community Engagement with the Tombos Archaeological Project in Sudan.. Michele Buzon, Katie Whitmore, Claire Sigworth, Mohamed Faroug Ali. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 451166)

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min long: 20.962; min lat: 8.32 ; max long: 39.155; max lat: 22.269 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 23063