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Colonies and colonisers: The relationships between Nubia and Egypt



Nubia has been called ‘corridor to Africa’ but it was much more than that. It shares common roots with the Egyptian civilisation in the 4th millennium BC, and it was colonised by Egypt for centuries until in the Late Period the so-called Black Pharaohs reversed this balance of power.
When Egypt eventually fell into Arab hands, the Nubian Christian kingdom resisted this onslaught until the 14th century.
This course offers an introductory overview of the changing relationships in the region of the Upper Nile.

Course objectives

  • Gaining insight in the archaeology of the Nile region between Khartoum and Aswan;

  • Obtaining basic knowledge about source material concerning archaeology of the Sudan;

  • Ability to formulate a research question concerning the field and doing research on the basis of published source material.


Course schedule details can be found in the MA time schedule.

Mode of instruction


Course load

The course load will be distributed as follows:

Assessment method


All assessment deadlines (exams, retakes, paper deadlines etc.) can be found in the examination schedule.

Reading list

D.N. Edwards, The Nubian Past, An Archaeology of the Sudan. Abingdon (2004).


Registration for the course is not necessary, registration for the exam is mandatory. For instructions, see the Registration in uSis page.

Registration ‘Contractonderwijs’

All information (costs, registration, entry requirements etc.) for those who are interested in taking this course as a Contractstudent is on the Contractonderwijs Archeologie webpage (in Dutch).


For more information about this course, please contact dhr dr. K.C. Innemee.