In the early 1960s, the International Nubian Campaign promoted salvage excavations and surveys of the archaeological sites threatened by the construction of the Aswan High Damn. Research on the prehistory in the area represented a remarkable effort to shift the scientific approach from investigations on single sites to wide regional perspectives. Such a broader approach was later extended further south to the Dongola Reach, along the left bank of the first bend of the Nile river. This paper presents a review of a large sample of the El Melik material, collected during the investigations by Southern Methodist University, where the study was recently carried out by the present author. Purposes of the review were to revise the El Melik Group in view of the most recent research on the Late Neolithic in the Sudan and to compare the assemblage from the Dongola Reach with the Late Neolithic sites identified on the opposite bank of the Nile, around the area of El Kurru, within the concession area of the University of Cassino. A total of 7246 chipped lithics, 51 fragments of polished stone tools, 861 potsherds and 1 bone tool were studied.

The last but not least prehistoric evidence in the Dongola Reach, Sudan

GARCEA, Elena Antonella Alda
2006

Abstract

In the early 1960s, the International Nubian Campaign promoted salvage excavations and surveys of the archaeological sites threatened by the construction of the Aswan High Damn. Research on the prehistory in the area represented a remarkable effort to shift the scientific approach from investigations on single sites to wide regional perspectives. Such a broader approach was later extended further south to the Dongola Reach, along the left bank of the first bend of the Nile river. This paper presents a review of a large sample of the El Melik material, collected during the investigations by Southern Methodist University, where the study was recently carried out by the present author. Purposes of the review were to revise the El Melik Group in view of the most recent research on the Late Neolithic in the Sudan and to compare the assemblage from the Dongola Reach with the Late Neolithic sites identified on the opposite bank of the Nile, around the area of El Kurru, within the concession area of the University of Cassino. A total of 7246 chipped lithics, 51 fragments of polished stone tools, 861 potsherds and 1 bone tool were studied.
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