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The Southern Frontier of the Meroitic State: The View from Jebel Moya

Brass, M; (2014) The Southern Frontier of the Meroitic State: The View from Jebel Moya. African Archaeological Review , 31 (3) 425 - 445. 10.1007/s10437-014-9164-5. Green open access

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Abstract

The site of Jebel Moya, excavated in the early twentieth century, represents arguably the largest pastoral mortuary complex in Africa. Jebel Moya is resituated in relation to the neighbouring Meroitic-era agro-pastoral settlements and the only known Meroitic trading station (Sennar) in the southern Gezira Plain, Sudan. It is the first time that the known localities in the southern Gezira and southern Meroitic cemeteries have been compared, in an attempt to elucidate the different social organisation reflected in mortuary assemblages between the core and the periphery of the Meroitic State. New questions are posed for (1) the applicability of mortuary theory to pastoral cemeteries, and (2) the nature of zones of interaction on the frontier of the Meroitic State, through the application of new statistical and spatial analyses of the mortuary assemblages and the site’s reinterpretation as a pastoral, instead of an agro-pastoral, mortuary complex.

Type: Article
Title: The Southern Frontier of the Meroitic State: The View from Jebel Moya
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/s10437-014-9164-5
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10437-014-9164-5
Additional information: Copyright © The Author(s) 2014. This article is published with open access at Springerlink.com. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits any use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author(s) and the source are credited.
Keywords: Cemetery. Correspondence analysis. Jebel Moya. Multi-distance scaling. Pastoralism. Sudan.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1460389
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