The 82nd Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists (2013)

Session 25. Advances in the Bioarchaeology of Nubia and Central Sudan. Invited Poster Symposium. Chair: Brenda Baker and Tina Jakob

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During the twentieth century, a biocultural approach to the study of human remains from ancient Nubia was developed as large numbers of cemeteries were excavated during archaeological rescue projects south of Aswan, Egypt. Our understanding of ancient Nubia is based mainly on sites between the First and Dal Cataracts (southern Egypt to northernmost Sudan) because few skeletal samples from Upper Nubia and central Sudan (Third Cataract to the south of the Sixth Cataract of the Nile River) existed prior to the 2000s. Recent bioarchaeological fieldwork and research on human remains from sites south of the Dal Cataract have added significantly to our understanding of ancient Nubian societies from the Paleolithic to Christian (medieval) periods and demonstrates considerable variation from Lower Nubian mortuary contexts. Innovative and theoretically informed bioarchaeological research is advancing our understanding of colonialism, social practices including dental ablation and sacrifice, and the health consequences of conflict and illnesses arising from infectious diseases (e.g., brucellosis) and metabolic conditions (e.g., scurvy). This symposium aims to bring together for the first time researchers working on Upper Nubian and central Sudanese samples to share findings on aspects of health, identity, and mortuary practices. Discussion of these issues and the similarities and differences encountered in various locations and between Upper and Lower Nubian groups will stimulate further research and collaborations within these regions.

1 Add to calendar An Introduction to the Bioarchaeology of Upper Nubia and Central Sudan. Brenda J. Baker, Tina Jakob.
2 Add to calendar Bioarchaeology at the multiperiod site of Al Khiday 2, central Sudan. Tina Jakob.
3 Add to calendar Dental pathology at Shabona, a Khartoum Mesolithic site . Jason J. Crosby.
4 Add to calendar New results from an old excavation: The biological “place” of Jebel Moyans in the prehistory of Nubia and Sudan. Joel D. Irish.
5 Add to calendar Revisiting Jebel Sahaba: new apatite radiocarbon dates for one of the Nile valley’s earliest cemeteries. Daniel M. Antoine, Antoine Zazzo, Renee Friedman.
6 Add to calendar Isotopic variation of geographic origin and diet in Upper and Lower Nubia during the Bronze Age: An examination of the sociopolitical effects on population composition and life ways. Michele R. Buzon, Sarah A. Schrader, Antonio Simonetti, Gabriel J. Bowen.
7 Add to calendar The cemeteries of Amara West: Investigating the impact of climate and political change on health and living conditions in an ancient town in Upper Nubia (13th – 8th centuries BC). Michaela Binder.
8 Add to calendar Dental ablation in Sudan: the construction and performance of social identity. Katelyn L. Bolhofner.
9 Add to calendar Going against the grain at Gabati. Margaret A. Judd.
10 Add to calendar Analysis of fauna in Post-Meroitic tumuli at the Ginefab School Site, Sudan. Jacob A. Harris, Brenda J. Baker.
11 Add to calendar The impact of socio-political changes on activity patterns in a late Meroitic to Christian period community at El-Ginefab, Sudan. Bethel L.B. Nagy, Brenda J. Baker.
12 Add to calendar Cranial non-metric affinities and kinship ideologies among Post-Meroitic and Christian period Nubians from the 4th Cataract Region, Sudan. Kristin L. Nado, Brenda J. Baker.
13 Add to calendar The descent of Christianity: religious conversion and social change in Medieval Nubia. Andrew C. Seidel, Brenda J. Baker.
14 Add to calendar Early to Late Christian Burial Practices at Mis Island: Religious Community and the Concept of Identity. Angela Soler, Carolyn V. Hurst, Todd W. Fenton.
15 Add to calendar Life and Death in a Medieval Nubian Farming Community at the Fourth Cataract: An Example from Mis Island. Carolyn V. Hurst, Angela Soler, Todd W. Fenton.
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