The current issue of Smithsonian Magazine features an informative and richly illustrated article about the wonders of ancient Kush — today's northern Sudan. The article's author describes the history and allure of the land of the Black Pharaohs, and talks with our own Geoff Emberling about the history of research in the region as well as some possible answers to historical mysteries. 

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Dive deeper into the wonders of ancient Kush by visiting our online exhibition, Graffiti as Devotion along the Nile: El-Kurru, Sudan, co-curated by Geoff Emberling and Kelsey conservator Suzanne Davis.  

The exhibition catalogue is available for purchase or free download at the Kelsey Museum website.