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Exhibition | Graffiti as Devotion along the Nile: El-Kurru, Sudan

Thursday, November 14, 2019
9:00 AM-4:00 PM
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Ancient graffiti provide a unique glimpse into the lives of individuals in antiquity. Religious devotion in ancient Kush (a region located in modern-day northern Sudan), involved pilgrimage and leaving informal marks on temples, pyramids, and other monumental structures. These graffiti are found in temples throughout the later (“Meroitic”) period of Kush, when it bordered Roman Egypt. They represent one of the few direct traces of the devotional practices of private people in Kush and hint at individuals’ thoughts, values, and daily lives. This exhibition explores the times and places in which Kushite graffiti were inscribed through photos, text, and interactive media presentations. At the heart of the show are the hundreds of Meroitic graffiti recently discovered in a rock-cut temple by the Kelsey expedition to El-Kurru in northern Sudan.

Curators: Geoff Emberling and Suzanne Davis

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Building: Kelsey Museum of Archaeology
Event Type: Exhibition
Tags: AEM Featured, Africa, Archaeology, Exhibition, Museum
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