08.09.18



24th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists: Reflecting Futures



Barcelona, Spain







Wahat Projects restorers: Margarita Alcobe and Eva Bermejo were at the "24th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists: Reflecting Futures". In their presentation they summarized the restoration approach and methods taken in Abasseya, emphazising on the challenges faced due to the harsh weather conditions. Their work was titled: "Conservation and Restauration in Abasseya B site (Karima, Sudan)".





28.01.17



Barkal Pyramids - West Group



Jebel Barkal,Sudan





We are about to start a new project in Sudan! It consists in re-entering, studying and restoring the burial chamber of the Bar.26 pyramid which has decoration remains.





18.01.17



Abasseya Site - Season 2017



Karima,Sudan Jan. 20th - Feb. 24th, 2017





We are back in Sudan, about to start a new season in Abasseya. This year we will focus on finishing the excavation around the building and the main entrance. Also, we will continue with the restoration of the podium external wall to get them ready for display. Finally, we plan to start with the construction of the permanent fence and walkway for exhibition.





01.10.16



12th International Conference for Meroitic Studies 2016



Prague, September 5-9, 2016





During this conference, several of the main researches and experts on the Meroitic culture presented updates of their studies and projects in diferent subjects, such as archaeology, religion, conservation, pottery, etc. Wahat Projects presented a typological study of the pyramids (Bar.26 and Bar.27) belonging to the Barkal West Group, below is the abstract of the presentation.





The unknown royal necropolis of Jebel Barkal (West group) – Preliminary typological study

Montserrat Díaz-de-Cerio

Field Director of Abasseya Project

Wahat Projects

Between 1995 and 1996, the Spanish mission that worked in Jebel Barkal, discovered a new group of tombs. This small cluster, located to the west of the Northern and Southern groups identified by Reisner, is formed by different burials. Among them, the discovery of two new pyramids, one of them with decoration remains, stands out. These findings were presented in previous congresses and several articles, formulating the hypothesis that these pyramids could have belonged to the early Napatan period (VII BC to VI BC). Specifically, it identified pyramid Bar.26 with the tomb of the king who would have started the Barkal necropolis, relating this event to a unique political circumstance. This interpretation was controversial, not only because it identified the pyramid as belonging to a king not registered before, but mainly because the given chronology suggested that it was improbable that it belonged to the parallel dynasties identified by Reisner. Therefore, this interpretation set up a new problem when placing this king in the sequence of Meroitic kings and it represented, in general, an important reevaluation of the Meroitic chronology.

Due to the above reasons, we have analyzed from a structural point of view, the typology of the two pyramids that have been discovered. Regarding Bar.26, we have also considered the decoration and the texts found in the burial chamber. This approach attempts to shed some new light on a possible chronology for these structures, which can help to understand who could have been their original owners.