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Mud sealings from Sanam

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Formato: 21 x 29,7 cm

Legatura: Filorefe

Pagine: 112

Anno edizione: 2022

ISBN: 9788849245516

EAN: 9788849245516

UB. INT. : T800D V16e


Situated at the centre of a network of caravan routes, Sanam was in a strategic position for controlling the traffic of precious goods arriving from distant lands. Ivory, ebony, leopard and elephant skins, rubber, scented oils and gems arrived in Sanam via long routes known only to the locals and nomadic groups, which the kingdom of Kush controlled. The confluence of so many assets in the centre of the country created not only the need for a more complex administration but also for workshops and warehouses in order to transform materials and store this huge wealth. The Sanam building complex was built quickly in an abundance of white sandstone and must have been imposing in appearance. More than 600 mud sealings were found within two buildings, the one known as The Treasury and Building SA.K 300. In the present catalogue only those fragments with any sign of writing have been described, apart from some fragments with a shape of particular interest.

Irene Vincentelli, former professor at the University of Cassino, has worked in Sudan since 1976. Since 1992 she has been director of the Joint Sudanese-Italian Archaeological Mission. She has worked and published on the cemetery of Hillat el Arab and, since 2000, has conducted excavations at the site of Sanam.

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