Julia Budka (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)
Since 2018, the Munich University Attab to Ferka Survey Project (MUAFS) investigates a stretch along the Nile including various islands between Attab and Ferka in northern Sudan. This area comprises a rich variety of archaeological sites from Palaeolithic times until the Islamic age which have never been studied in detail. The region is primary a geological boundary zone being located next to a cataract region, and secondly a frontier in terms of cultures. The major goal of the MUAFS project is to evaluate the specific living conditions throughout the ages and to reconstruct biographies of landscapes in this ‘contact space’ shaped by encounters of various cultural groups. The lecture presents the most important results of two fieldwork seasons between 2018 and 2020 with a focus on Bronze Age sites.