Tracing the Movements of the Western Desert Dwellers: Site 11-I-13 in Wadi Karagan, Sudanese Nubia, Closely Akin to El Ghorab or El Nabta

In: Journal of African Archaeology

Following a line of research amply discussed in a paper that appeared in this same journal (Vol. 3 [1], 2005: 103- 115), the data presented here represent a further attempt to “track” the movements of the Western Desert dwellers into the Nile Valley and to reinforce the hypothesis that the Western Desert and the Nile Valley were, even in the Early Holocene, part of an integrated ecological and cultural system. The continuous search for archaeological data to prove this link led us to a site located nearly 45 years ago by the Colorado Expedition in Nubia in Wadi Karagan that displays a lithic assemblage that literally looks like a “photocopy” of some of the El Kortein/Bir Kiseiba collections. A comparison with these assemblages and a detail analysis of their chronological setting allow the establishment of a relative date for site 11-I-13 and pinpoint some new problems to be solved.

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