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African Archaeological Review

, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp 173–188 | Cite as

The archaeology of the Eastern Sahel, Sudan: preliminary results

  • Rodolfo Fattovich
  • Anthony E. Marks
  • Abbas Mohammed-Ali
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Abstract

This paper reports the combined preliminary results of the Italian Mission to Kassala and the joint University of Khartoum/Southern Methodist University Butana Project. Both groups have been carrying out extensive survey and test excavations in the Southern Atbai of the East Central Sudan, between the Atbara and Gash Rivers. This work has led to the recognition of a previously unknown culture area and ceramic tradition which spans about 5000 years and, at its peak, probably covered about 100,000 sq. km east of the Nile. This ceramic tradition, the Atbai Tradition, is associated with the development of large villages (over 10 ha) during the 4th millennium bc.

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Avant Cultural Study Culture Area Extensive Survey East Central 
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Résumé

Le présent article rapporte les résultats préliminaires combinés de la Mission italienne à Kassala et du projet Butana entrepris en commun par les universités de Khartoum et Southern Methodist. Ces deux groupes ont réalisé des reconnaissances archéologiques extensives et des sondages dans le sud de l'Atbai, dans la partie centrale orientale du Soudan, entre les rivières Atbara et Gash. Leur travail a mené à la reconnaissance d'une civilisation et d'une tradition céramique auparavant inconnues qui durèrent quelque 5000 ans et qui couvraient à leur apogée environ 100,000 km2 à l'est du Nil. Cette tradition céramique, la tradition Atbai, est associée au développement des grands villages (de plus de 10 ha) au cours du 4e millénaire avant notre ère.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rodolfo Fattovich
  • Anthony E. Marks
  • Abbas Mohammed-Ali

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