We know a lot about what ancient Nubian people did with their dead, but how much do we know about their lives? The »Living Nubia« project sets out to bring us closer to understanding where and how ancient Nubian communities lived, and how their social structures and identities might have become manifest in the living environments that they built for themselves.
»Living Nubia« is a comparative study of indigenous Nubian habitation sites of the Early and Middle Nubian periods (ca. 3200–1550 BCE), many of which have received little or no scholarly attention. Habitation sites established by Nubian communities including rock-shelters, campsites, and villages are the focus. »Living Nubia«’s post-colonial stance aims to challenge Egypt-centric views of the past by shifting the focus away from Pharaonic installations in ancient Nubian.
The project is guided by the following research questions:
Insights regarding the use of space will be gained by studying architectural styles, building technology, spatial organisation, and the objects associated with the buildings. The landscape is also taken into account, considering factors such as access to natural resources (e.g. water, minerals etc) and wildlife, as well as transport and migration routes. The project will also consider modern Nubian concepts of dwelling, domesticity, and the social role of ›the house‹.