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Survey of Soba (Sudan)

Non-Invasive Approach to Study the Urban Landscape of Medieval Capital of the Kingdom of Alwa
Robert Ryndziewicz, Mariusz Drzewiecki, Łukasz Banaszek, Tomasz Herbich et Krzysztof Kiersnowski
p. 111-114

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– Research in Soba – the capital of the medieval kingdom of Alwa.

– Geophysical methods applied to study the spatial organization of the city.

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Introduction

The survey forms part of an interdisciplinary project investigating the spatial organisation of medieval Soba, the capital of Kingdom of Alwa (Drzewiecki & Ryndziewicz, 2019). Located on the right bank of the Blue Nile, approximately 20km south of the confluence of the White Nile and the Blue Nile in Sudan, the city was subject of archaeological research in the 20th century, which unearthed remains of monumental architecture dated from 6th to 14th century (Shinnie, 1961; Welsby & Daniels, 1991; Welsby, 1998; Abdel Rahman, 2000). Historical records indicate that Soba was the administrative heart of the kingdom, and together with the kingdoms of Makuria and Nobadia formed three Christian realms covering entire Nubia. Soba was thus an important religious centre with bishopric see and commercial hub.

Today, its remains are located in the eastern suburbs of a much younger capital city – Khartoum, a rapidly developing African metropolis. It has been estimated that at its peak S...

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Robert Ryndziewicz, Mariusz Drzewiecki, Łukasz Banaszek, Tomasz Herbich et Krzysztof Kiersnowski, « Survey of Soba (Sudan) »ArcheoSciences, 45-1 | 2021, 111-114.

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Robert Ryndziewicz, Mariusz Drzewiecki, Łukasz Banaszek, Tomasz Herbich et Krzysztof Kiersnowski, « Survey of Soba (Sudan) »ArcheoSciences [En ligne], 45-1 | 2021, mis en ligne le 16 août 2021, consulté le 26 septembre 2021. URL : http://journals.openedition.org/archeosciences/8880 ; DOI : https://doi.org/10.4000/archeosciences.8880

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Robert Ryndziewicz

Corresponding author, Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology, Polish Academy of Sciences

Mariusz Drzewiecki

Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology,University of Warsaw

Łukasz Banaszek

Historic Environment Scotland

Tomasz Herbich

Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology, Polish Academy of Sciences

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Krzysztof Kiersnowski

Norwegian University of Science and Technology

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Article L.111-1 du Code de la propriété intellectuelle.

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