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April 2, 2009

Nubia: Lost civilisation of Egypt


"Tens of thousands of Nubians were moved from their ancestral homeland along the Nile - in southern Egypt and northern Sudan - because of the dam. Many were resettled in the desert where they were unable to practise agriculture and young people left in search of work. Uprooted, they began to lose Nubian languages and customs. "

Fifty years ago this year Egypt and Sudan asked for international help to save ancient sites threatened by the construction of the Aswan High Dam.

"It was going to submerge all the area of Nubia - monuments, people, the landscape, everything," says Costanza de Simone from the United Nations' culture agency, Unesco.

"So the two governments launched an appeal to Unesco.

"The work brought people from all over the world into Nubia, people with different backgrounds: archaeologists, engineers and geologists. They had to invent new methods and techniques. Continue reading article here.

"It changed the vision of how to preserve cultural heritage."

4 comments:

Divalocity said...

Did you know that Nubia (now Sudan) also has a collection of Pyramids in the area?
One thing the historians don't tell is that the tops of many of them were destroyed by European looters in search of gold and other valuables.
Some people seem to think that the northern part of the African continent is not even connected to it, they attempt to make it a part of the Middle-East.
Historians have attempted to deny the Nubian contribution to Egyptian society for decades, hmmm...I wonder why?

Fly Girl said...

There are actually pyramids in parts of central Africa as well. There has been so much cover-up when it comes to African history. Nubian civilization was as great as Egyptian but there just hasn't been as much preservation of the culture.

Black Women in Europe said...

While I have been to Senegal and Zimbabwe, I would LOVE to visit Egypt and see these Ancient Nubian sites.

I am pleased to give you an award today! I hope you have a chance to pick it up:

http://blog.blackwomenineurope.com/2009/04/03/yipee-i-won-a-lemonade-stand-award-and-now-i-get-to-share/

Ebony Intuition said...

@Divalocity -Yes I do i've seen pictures of them. I know they try to deny everything but go to their museums in London & Paris and the truth is staring you right in the face.

@Flygirl- Not only in central africa, but there are pyramids even in the USA&Mexico, I wonder who built those ?? HA HA HA.

@Blackwomen in Europe - Thanks.

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