100 Years Later: Georeferencing Early Maps and Present Day Field Work at the Site of Nuri, Sudan

Author(s): Helen O'Brien; Cristin Lucas

Year: 2019


This is an abstract from the "Community Matters: Enhancing Student Learning Opportunities through the Development of Community Partnerships" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

Nuri, a UNESCO World Heritage site, in northern Sudan is the primary burial site for the Nubian Pharaohs beginning with Taharqa of the 25th Dynasty. Thoroughly looted in antiquity, the site was excavated by George Reisner, Director of the Harvard University-Boston Museum of Fine Arts Egyptian Expedition, during the years 1916-1918, with final mapping and back-filling taking place in 1920. A detailed map of the locations and plan views of 56 pyramids and an additional 16 tombs, along with detailed plan views and sections of all of the features, were published by Dows Dunham in 1955. The University of Arizona Egyptian Expedition in collaboration with Pima Community College initiated field work at Nuri in 2018 to assess what remains of the site - excavated and unexcavated - and to bring modern excavation and mapping methods to bear. In this poster we will discuss our assessment of the accuracy of the early plan maps, our attempts to georeference the early maps, the establishment of mapping points for use during the 2018 season and beyond, the overall results of our mapping objectives, and our future goals for the site.

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100 Years Later: Georeferencing Early Maps and Present Day Field Work at the Site of Nuri, Sudan. Helen O'Brien, Cristin Lucas. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 452524)


Spatial Coverage

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

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 25326