We present a new publication of the Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology, University of Warsaw by Dr. Tomomi Fushiya. The book is the PCMA’s first venture into the field of collaborative archaeology.
It was conceived and written to respond to the desire of local communities to learn more about the history of the landscape they have lived in and to whose development they have contributed.
The excavation and conservation of archaeological monuments of Old Dongola has been carried out by archaeologists and conservators working with PCMA UW expeditions for over 60 years. From 2019, an interdisciplinary project “ArcheoCDN. Archaeological Centre of Scientific Excellence” funded by a Dialog grant, introduced activities aimed at engaging local communities in heritage management, building cooperation and stimulating economic development based on the local cultural heritage. They are supervised by Dr. Tomomi Fushiya of PCMA UW, the author of the new publication.
This bilingual book (in English and Arabic) is a brief introduction to the history of the site, from the city’s founding as the capital of the medieval Nubian kingdom of Makuria in the 6th century AD to the present day. It shows how the modern cultural landscape has been shaped by cultural, economic, and social influences over the centuries. It is intended to help create awareness of the importance of Old Dongola’s heritage among Sudanese and international audiences alike. It is available in Open Access.