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Funerary customs in the kingdom of Meroe

In Nubia, funerary archeology has described for nearly a century the history of the peoples who lived along the Middle Nile. In the absence of extensive urban excavations, except in the capitals and the royal cities, the dead thus make speak the living. Despite the plundering and replenishment, the graves tell us by thousands about the evolutions which marked a region long taken between two worlds: Egypt and the Mediterranean empires in the north, the African continent and lands unknown in the south. In the kingdom of Meroe, the last descendant of a centralized power that emerged in the region of Kerma during the Bronze Age, burials reveal the indices of a complex and highly hierarchical society, subject to multiple influences. If the bodies tell us about the sanitary conditions and the environment, burial customs testify to beliefs often inherited from the Pharaonic culture cultivated by the royal family and the elites. The objects which accompany the dead recreate the gesture of the last rites, while their deposit allows the archaeologists to sketch the maps of the commercial networks, often bringing tangible proof of regular contacts between regions or with the foreigner. Supported by a rich archaeological documentation, this study draws a detailed portrait of beliefs in a kingdom marked by longevity and evolutions.


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Palaces and large residences of the Meroitic Kingdom

"Palaces and large residences of the Meroitic Kingdom", by Marc Maillot, Sorbonne University Press/SFDAS editions. Two volumes, 64 euros.

Funerary customs in the kingdom of Meroe

Vincent FRANCIGNY Paris, Editions Boccard, 2017 ISSN 2101-3195 - ISBN 978-2-7018-0520-7

Histoire et civilisations du Soudan

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