Mahmoud El-Tayeb

  • Assist. Prof. Mahmoud El-Tayeb

    Adjunct
    Director of the Polish Archaeological Unit in Khartoum
    mahmoudeltayeb(at)uw.edu.pl
    Tel.: +48 22 55 313 15

    orcid.org/0000-0001-5262-0453

Research interests:

  • Archaeology of Sudan
  • Kerman, Meroite and Post-Meroite periods
  • pottery and funerary customs in the abovementioned periods
Professional career

Education

2013 habilitation degree, based on the book: “Burial Traditions in Nubian Early Makuria”, Gdansk: Archaeological Museum in Gdansk

1990–1995 PhD studies at the Institute of Archaeology of the University of Warsaw. PhD thesis: “Genesis of the Makurian Culture, in the Light of Archaeological Sources” at the Faculty of History, University of Warsaw; supervisor: Prof. Włodzimierz Godlewski.

1976–1982 MA studies at the Institute of Archaeology of the University of Warsaw; MA thesis: “History of Excavations in the Sudanese Nubia, from A to X-Group Period”

1975–1976 Polish language course at the Institute of the Polish Language, the University of Łódź.

Positions and functions

since 2009 adjunct at the Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology, University of Warsaw

1998–2009 lecturer at the Institute of Archaeology of the University of Warsaw w Institute of Archaeology of the University of Warsaw

1997–1998 lectures for post-graduate students of the Faculty of History of the University of Gdansk

1997–1999 senior keeper at the Archaeological Museum in Gdansk

1993–1997 assistant at the Institute of Archaeology of the University of Warsaw

1983–1990 employee of the fieldwork section at the Sudan Antiquities Service

Research projects

since 2004 Early Makuria Research Project, Sudan (PCMA UW project), as project director

2000–2013 survey in the El-Kharroub province, Lebanon – a subproject of Prof. Tomasz Waliszewski’s project affiliated at the PCMA UW, as subproject director

1996–2012 participation in surveys in the region of the 4th cataract on the Nile and in excavations in Awalib near Kabushiya (Sudan) conducted by the Archaeological Museum in Gdansk

2005–2006 archaeological survey in the Noba Mountains on the left bank of the Nile, between El_Debba and Merowe (Sudan) conducted by the Pultusk Academy of Humanities; as project co-director

2004 instigator and co-director of the Early Makuria Research Project, a ccoperation between the Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology, University of Warsaw and the antiquities authorities of Sudan; the project promotes investigation into archaeological remains from this period between the 3rd and the 4th Nile cataract

1998–2003 participation in the Southern Dongola Reach Project (SDRP), directed by Prof. B. Żurawski

1983–1990

kierownik misji w El-Ahamda (na płn. od Khartoumu), El-Sabiel „Soba East” oraz El-Ghaddar (koło Starej Dongoli); jako inspektor sudańskiej Służby Starożytności uczestnik wielu misji zagranicznych pracujących w Sudanie

Scholarships, grants, awards

since 2014 grant from the Nubian Archaeological Development Organization (Qatar–Sudan) (as project director)

2011 grant Sudan Archaeological Research na dofinansowanie badań w El-Zuma

1998 grant M. Schiff Gorgini Foundation na publikację pracy doktorskiej

1998 miesięczny grant Działu Egiptologii Muzeum Brytyjskiego

1990–1995 stypendium doktoranckie rządu polskiego

Scientific bibliography

Books:

2012 El-Tayeb, M., Funerary traditions in Nubian Early Makuria, (=African Reports Monograph Series 1), Gdansk: Archaeological Museum in Gdansk

2002 El-Tayeb, M., Genesis of the Makurian culture in the light of archaeological sources, CRIPEL Supp. 6, Lille

Articles and chapters in edited volumes:

2020 El-Tayeb, M., Post-Meroe in Upper Nubia, in G. Emberling & B. Williams (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Ancient Nubia, Oxford University Press, 733–757

2018 El-Tayeb, M., Wyżgoł, M., Early Makuria Research Project. Excavations at Tanqasi: first season in 2018, Polish Archaeology in the Mediterranean 27/1, 273–288 DOI: 10.5604/01.3001.0013.2004

2017 El-Tayeb, M., Early Makuria Research Project. Excavations at el-Zuma, 2017. Preliminary report, Polish Archaeology in the Mediterranean 26/1, 339–354 DOI: 10.5604/01.3001.0012.1793

2016 El-Tayeb, M., Skowrońska, E., Czyżewska-Zalewska, E., Early Makuria Research Project. The results of three seasons of excavation at El-Zuma cemetery, 2013, 2014 and 2015, Sudan and Nubia, Archaeological Research Society Bulletin 20, 110–126

2016 El-Tayeb, M., Czyżewska-Zalewska, E., Kowarska, Z., Lenarczyk, Sz., Early Makuria Research Project. Interim report on the excavation at El-Detti in 2014 and 2015, Polish Archaeology in the Mediterranean 25, 403–419 DOI: 10.5604/01.3001.0010.1868

2014 El-Tayeb, M., Klimaszewska-Drabot, E., El-Zuma excavations. Pottery assemblage from the first season 2004–2005, GAMAR 11, 9–16

2014 El-Tayeb, M., Juszczyk-Futkowska, K., Czyżewska, E., El-Zuma 2011: The fourth season of excavations on the site. Preliminary Report 2011, Polish Archaeology in the Mediterranean 23/1, 357–374

2012 El-Tayeb, M., Kołosowska, E., Multi-cultural site at El-Gabarna, in: Proceedings of the Third International Conference on the Archaeology of the Fourth Nile Cataract, University of Cologne, 13–14 July 2006 (=Africa prehistoric 22), Cologne: Heinrich-Barth-Institut, 51–62

2012 El-Tayeb, M., Kołosowska, E., A Napatan settlement in Wadi Umm Rahau, in: Proceedings of the Third International Conference on the Archaeology of the Fourth Nile Cataract, University of Cologne, 13–14 July 2006 (=Africa prehistoric 22), Cologne: Heinrich-Barth-Institut, 63–76

2011 El-Tayeb, M., Czyżewska, E., Early Makuria Research Project. El-Zuma excavation. The third season Jan-Feb. 2009, Sudan & Nubia 15, 108–118

2011 El-Tayeb, M., A new type of mound grave. Graves with tunnels, in: V. Rondot, F. Alpi, F. Villeneuve (ed.), La pioche et la plume. Autour du Soudan, du Liban et de la Jordanie. Hommages archéologiques à Patrice Lenoble, Paris: PUPS, 445–464

2010 El-Tayeb, M., “A new type of mound burials” continued. “Graves with tunnels”, GAMAR 6, 93–108

2010 El-Tayeb, M., Early Makuria Research Project. Excavation at El-Zuma, second season 2007, in: Between the Cataracts, Part Two: Session Papers (fasc. 1-2) (=PAM Supplement series 2.2/1–2), 205–216

2010 El-Tayeb, M., Kirwan memorial lectures. The Post-Meroitic from Kirwan to present, Sudan & Nubia 14, 2–14

2010 El-Tayeb, M., Early Makuria Research Project. Excavation at El-Zuma. Preliminary report on the second season, 2007, Polish Archaeology in the Mediterranean 19, 467–479

2009 El-Tayeb, M., Kołosowska, E., Old Kushites and the 4th Cataract region, in: J. Popielska-Grzybowska, O. Białostocka (ed.), Proceedings of the Third Central European Conference of Young Egyptologists, Egypt 2004: Perspectives of Research, Warsaw 12–14 May 2004, Warsaw: Akademia Humanistyczna im. Aleksandra Gieysztora

2008 El-Tayeb, M., Wicenciak, U., Section C – Jiyeh, 2005 season, in: T. Waliszewski et alii, Jiyeh (Porphyreon). Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine settlement on the south coast of Lebanon. Preliminary report on 1997 and 2003– 2005 seasons, BAAL 10 (2006), 5–85

2007 El-Tayeb, M., Kołosowska, E., Excavation at the Kassinger Bahri cemetery sites HP45 and HP47, GAMAR 5, 9–36

2007 El-Tayeb, M., Kołosowska, E., Pottery analysis report: sites HP45 and HP47, GAMAR 5, 37–50

2007 El-Tayeb, M., Kołosowska, E., Meroitic burial traditions in the Fourth Cataract region, Meroitica 23, 11–25

2006–2007 El-Tayeb, M., Early Makuria Research Project. Test excavation in El-Zuma cemetery, in: B. Gratien (ed.), Mélanges offerts à Francis Geus (=CRIPEL 26), Lille: Université Charles de Gaulle–Lille 3, 71–85

2006–2007 El-Tayeb, M., Kołosowska, E., Old Kush II burials in the Fourth Cataract region, in: B. Gratien (ed.), Mélanges offerts à Francis Geus (=CRIPEL 26), Lille: Université Charles de Gaulle–Lille 3, 205–218

2005 El-Tayeb, M., Kołosowska, E.,, A cemetery site near El-Argub in the Fourth Cataract region: second season of test excavations, GAMAR 3, 131–144

2005 El-Tayeb, M., Kołosowska, E., The Awlib Temple Complex: Kom B and its pottery assemblage, GAMAR 3, 145–158

2005 El-Tayeb, M., Kołosowska, E., Burial traditions on the right bank of the Nile in the Fourth Cataract region, GAMAR 4, 51–74

2005 El-Tayeb, M., Wicenciak, U., Region dongolański — kolebka cywilizacji nubijskiej, in: M. Ząbek (ed.), Wokół IV katarakty. Społeczeństwo wiejskie nad środkowym Nilem przed wielką zmianą, Warsaw: Uniwersytet Warszawski, 77–94

2005 El-Tayeb, M., Early Makuria Research Project. Excavations at El-Zuma – preliminary report, Polish Archaeology in the Mediterranean 16, 389–399

2005 El-Tayeb, M., Domżalski, K., Wicenciak, U., Waliszewski, T., Late Hellenistic and Early Roman pottery production centre at Jiyeh. Rescue excavations, 2004, Polish Archaeology in the Mediterranean 16, 428–439

2003 El-Tayeb, M., Kołosowska, E., Pottery from the Fourth Cataract region (Sudan), GAMAR 2, 116–126

2003 Kołosowska, El-Tayeb, M., E., Paner, H., Old Kush in the 4th Cataract region, Sudan & Nubia 7, 21–25

2003 Excavation at Hammur-Abassyia, in: B. Żurawski (ed.), Survey and Excavation Between Old Dongola and Ez-Zuma (=Nubia II, Southern Dongola Reach Survey I), Warsaw: ZAŚ PAN, Neriton, 130–139

2003 El-Tayeb, M., Philips, J. The pottery assemblage from the Hammur-Abassyia tumulus field, in: B. Żurawski (ed.), Survey and Excavation Between Old Dongola and Ez-Zuma (=Nubia II, Southern Dongola Reach Survey I), 458–462

2003 El-Tayeb, M., Domżalski, K., Wicenciak, U., Waliszewski, T., Preliminary report on a salvage campaign at Jiyeh, 2004: The pottery production area, Światowit 5 (XLVI) Fasc. A, 129–134

2003 El-Tayeb, M., Kołosowska, E., Test excavation at a cemetery site near El-Argub in the Fourth Cataract region, GAMAR 2, 127–133

2002 El-Tayeb, M., Daszkiewicz, M., Bobryk, E., Kołosowska, E., Schneider, G., Composition and technology of pottery from Neolithic to Christian periods, from Jebel Ghaddar and Karima Abu-Hamed region, in: Archeologie Du Nil Moyen 9, 65–87

2002 Archaeological reconnaissance in Iqlim el-Kharoub. Preliminary report, in: T. Waliszewski et alii, Village romaine et byzantin a Chhim-Marjiyat. Rapport preliminaire (1996–2002), BAAL 6, 10–11

1999 El-Tayeb, M., Burial customs of Post-Meroitic Makuria, in: D. Welsby (ed.), British Museum Occasional Papers 131, 219–222

1999 El-Tayeb, M., Neolithic sites on the White Nile, in: L. Krzyżaniak, K. Kroeper, M. Kobusiewicz (ed.), Interregional Contacts in the Late Prehistory of Northeastern Africa (=Studies in African Archaeology 5), Poznań: Muzeum Archeologiczne w Poznaniu, 377–380

1999 El-Tayeb, M., Rescue excavation at El-Sabeil, Soba West, in: S. Wenig (ed.), Studien zum antiken Sudan. Akten der 7. Internationalen Tagung fur meroitische Forschungen von 14 bis 19 September 1992 in Gosen bei Berlin (=Meroitica 15), Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 604–615

1998 El-Tayeb, M., The Fourth Cataract Archaeological Survey Project, Kareima-Abu Hamed Section. Comments on the ceramic assemblage of the first season (1996), Sudan & Nubia 2, 35–41

1998 El-Tayeb, M., Burial customs of Post-Meroitic Makuria, GAMAR 1, 49–52

1994 El-Tayeb, M., Excavation at El-Ghaddar–Old Dongola, in: Ch. Bonnet (ed.), Études Nubiennes II. Conférence de Genève. Actes du VIIe Congrès international d’études nubiennes, 3–8 septembre 1990, Geneva, 65–79

1994 Żurawski, B., El-Tayeb, M., The Christian Cemetery of Jebel Ghaddar North, Nubica III/1, 297–317

1991 El-Tayeb, M., Bonnet, Ch., A Meroitic tomb from the cemetery of the ancient town, in: Kerma (Soudan) 39, Geneva, 29–34

1987 El-Tayeb, M., Sculptured relief from Al-Hasa, Journal of the Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities 17:1/2

Translations into Arabic and other editorial work

2013 From Byzantine Mosaics to Medieval Paintings. Seventeen years of Polish-Lebanese cooperation in archeology and conservation 1996–2013, Beirut: Polish Embassy in Beirut

2013 W. Godlewski, Dongola – Ancient Tungul. Archaeological Guide (=PCMA Archaeological Guides) (summary)

2007 (Translated in co-operation with Awad Gabir Bashir): 70 Years of Polish Archaeology in Egypt. Catalogue prepared by the Polish Centre for Mediterranean Archaeology

2005 H. Paner (ed.) with contribution by Awad Gabir Bashir, Gdansk Archaeological Museum’s Mission to Sudan, Ten Years of Cooperation. A Catalogue of an Exhibition held in Khartoum National Museum, (prepared by Gdansk Archaeological Museum), Gdansk

2002 T. Waliszewski, R. Ortali-Tarazi (ed.), CHHIM 2000 ans d’historie au coeur d’un village antique du Liban. A catalogue of an exhibition held in Beitedtine Museum, Warsaw–Beirut

2001 L. Krzyżaniak (ed.), Saving the Sudan’s Ancient Cultural Heritage. Forty Years of Cooperation between Sudan and Poland in the field of Archaeology. A Catalogue of an Exhibition held in Khartoum National Museum, prepared by Poznan Archaeological Museum, Poznan

Conferences

2018 14th International Conference for Nubian Studies, Paris
Paper: „Time for change. Terminal Meroe in Upper Nubia”

2017 24 Polish Nubiological Conference, Gdansk
Paper: „Early Makuria Research Project. El-Zuma. Sezon 2017”

2016 23 Polish Nubiological Conference, Gdansk
Paper: „El-Zuma – perspektywy na przyszłość”

2015 „Poles on the Nile” Conference, Warsaw
Paper: „Early Makuria Research project, El-Zuma Excavations, Season January–March 2015”

2015 Desert International Conference, Münster, Germany
Paper: „Bayuda Desert from Late Antique to Present Time”

2015 22 Polish Nubiological Conference, Gdansk
Paper: (with K. Juchniewicz): „Early Makuria Research Project, El-Zuma Excavations, Season January–March 2015”
Paper: (with Z. Kowarską): „Excavations at El-Detti Cemetery. Season 2015”

2014 21 Polish Nubiological Conference, Gdansk
Paper: „Early Makuria Research project, El-Zuma Excavations, the Seventh Season, January–March 2014”

2014 „Poles on the Nile” Conference, Warsaw
Paper (with R. Mahler, E. Skowrońska): „Wykopaliska w El-Zuma, sezon 2014”

2013 „Poles on the Nile” Conference, Warsaw
Paper: „Wynik badań archeologicznych w Zumie, 5 sezon, 2013”

2013 Konferencja Polacy nad Nilem, Warsaw
Paper: (with R. Mahler) “Program M to M, Sezon 2013”

2012 19 Polish Nubiological Conference, Gdansk
Paper (with E. Skowrońska) “Early Makuria Research project, El-Zuma excavations, the fifth season February-March 2012”

2011 18 Polish Nubiological Conference, Gdansk
Paper: “Early Makuria Research project, El-Zuma excavations, the fourth season January-February 2011”

2011 Scientific symposium on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Polish Sudanese cooperation in the field of Archaeology, Khartoum
Paper: “Results of Four Seasons of Excavations at El-Zuma”
Paper: “The Fourth Cataract Salvage Campaign, Meroitic transition in the Fourth Cataract Region”

2010 „Poles on the Nile” Conference, Warsaw
Paper (with E. Kołosowska i Z. Borcowski): „El-Kassinger cemetery”

2010 17 Polish Nubiological Conference, Gdansk, Gniew
Paper (with E. Kołosowska i Z. Borcowski): „El-Kassinger cemetery”
Paper (with E. Czyżewska i E. Klimaszewska-Drabot) “Wyposażenie grobowców z El-Zuma”

2008 14 Polish Nubiological Conference, Gdansk-Gniew
Paper (with E. Kołosowska): “The results of the fieldwork, season January-March 2008”

2008 The 11th International Conference for Meroitic Studies, Vienna
Paper: “Early Makuria Research Project. Second season of excavations at El-Zuma cemetery”
Paper (with E. Kołosowska): “The transfer from Meroitic to Post-Meroitic in the 4th Cataract region”

2006 Third International Conference Concerning Rescue Excavations in the Fourth Cataract Region, Cologne
Paper (with E. Kołosowska):“Multi-cultural site at El-Gabarna”

2006 The 11th International Conference for Nubian Studies, Warsaw
Paper: “Excavation at El-Zuma season 2005”
Paper (with E. Kołosowska): “Napatan settlement in Wadi Umm Rahu, Fourth Cataract region”

2005 11 Polish Nubiological Conference, Gdansk-Gniew
Paper (with E. Kołosowska): “Burial tradition in the 4th Cataract region, an overview”

2005 Second International Conference Concerning Rescue Excavation in the 4th Cataract region, Berlin
Paper (with E. Kołosowska): “Meroitic burial traditions in the 4th Cataract region”

2004 Second Conference for Young Egyptologists in Eastern Europe, Warsaw
Paper: “Old Kushites in the 4th Cataract region”

2004 10 Polish Nubiological Conference, Gdansk-Gniew
Paper (with E. Kołosowska): “Report on Gdansk Archaeological Museum Expedition in the 4th Cataract region, season January-March 2004”

2003 Seminar on Chhim Excavations in Lebanon, Warsaw
Paper: “Archaeological reconnaissance in the Kharroub Province”

2004 First International Conference Concerning Rescue Excavation in the 4th Cataract Region, Gdansk-Gniew
Paper (with E. Kołosowska): “Mortal tradition in the 4th Cataract region”

2002 Southern Dongola Reach Survey symposium on Banganarti excavations, Warsaw
Paper: “Comments on the Early Makuria burials at Hammur-Abbassiya”

2000 7 Polish Nubiological Conference, Gdansk-Gniew
Paper (with E. Kołosowska): “The results of fieldwork, season 2000”

1999 6 Polish Nubiological Conference, Gdansk-Gniew
Paper (with E. Kołosowska): “Comments on the ceramic assemblage of the 4th Cataract region”

1998 Sudan Archaeological Research Society’s Symposium on the Latest Fieldwork Researches,
Cambridge Paper: “Recent archaeological survey in Southern Dongola Reach”

1998 5 Polish Nubiological Conference, Gdansk-Gniew
Paper: “Uncommon type of Early Makurian burials”

1998 The 9th International Conference for Nubian Studies, Boston
Paper: “Test excavations at Hammur-Abasya, near Old Dongola”

1997 4 Polish Nubiological Conference, Gdansk-Gniew
Paper (with Ghalia Gar El-Nabi) “Meroitic cemetery at Al-Ahamda, north of Khartoum”

1997 Third Academic Conference Orbis Aethiopicus, Gniew
Paper: “Ethnic composition of the Meroitic State on the eve of Ezana conquest.”

1996 3 Polish Nubiological Conference, Gdansk-Gniew
Paper: “On the Makurian Culture”

1996 The 8th International Conference for Meroitic Studies, London
Paper: “Burial traditions of the Post-Meroitic Makuria”

1994 The 8th International Conference for Nubian Studies, Lille
Paper: “Some remarks on the Post-Meroitic pottery of Upper Nubia”

1994 1 Polish Nubiological Conference, Gniew
Paper: “Late and Post-Meroitic periods in Upper Nubia”

1992 International Symposium in the Prehistory of North-East Africa, Dymaczewo
Paper: “Neolithic sites on the White Nile”

1992 The 7th International Conference for Meroitic Studies, Berlin
Paper: “Rescue excavations at El-Sabiel, Soba West”

1990 The 7th International Conference for Nubian Studies, Geneva
Paper: “Excavation at Jebel Ghaddar, Old Dongola”

1989 Sudanese Ceramic Weekend, Geneva
Paper: “Neolithic pottery from El-Kawa on the White Nile”

Membership in scientific organizations
  • International Society for Nubian Studies
  • Sudan Archaeological Research Society
  • Society for Africanist Archaeologists
  • Sudanese Archaeological Society
Popularization

Lectures on the excavation results for the inhabitants of El-Zuma.

Interviews for Sudanese press and radio stations.