Michigan archaeologist Geoff Emberling explores the Nubian capital in Sudan
Michigan archaeologist Geoff Emberling is on an archaeological expedition to Sudan to find out more about the Nubian homeland. While violence and instability in Sudan have kept many archaeologists away, Emberling stated in a University of Michigan news release that “I’ve loved working with the Sudanese … We’re able to just be archaeologists and focus on our work, without worrying about how it will affect claims of different ethnic groups or territorial boundaries.” Geoff Emberling notes that previous archaeological activity has focused on the Nubian tombs and temples at El-Kurru, but “there has been a real lack of excavation of settlements, where you find out where people actually lived on a daily basis … I’m hoping to come away with a good idea about where the city’s remains are and be able to map them as extensively as I can.” He is working with a Danish and Sudanese team using advanced survey technologies to create a new understanding of the Kingdom of Kush, and is due to return to the United States in February.
The British Museum’s Derek A. Welsby led Kushite excavations in Sudan for many years. Check out his book The Kingdom of Kush: The Napatan and Meroitic Empires.
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The land of cush was belong to tallest people and black and the land was divided by many rivers which is sudan. But those who said that cushites are ethiopian. How is th shape of ethiopian? Are they tall and black? So i want to understand these people whose their is the garden of eden . And also those who said that makuria kingdom is belong to nubian are wrong. That kingdom was belong dinka tribe in south sudan, this tribe is the tribe in africa and these were realy owners of cush land as you have readed it isaiah 18. Garden of Eden is in south Sudan right now if not, just go to south Sudan. Even word cush is dinka word and also they used sometime for naming the first child because cush is grant father
Who called the Nubian great state and land “Kush”?
I am a Nubian, and I find the name “Kush” weired and derogative. In modern Nubian language “Kush” is from “Kushad” which means “bad”.
I guess that insulting name “Kush” was given to the great old Nubian state, land, people and empire by unfriendly foreign nation!
My question here, is there any Nubian archeological eveidence to prove that the Nubian made and used the term “Kush” to describe themselves?
Kush is grand son of Noah the son of Ham.The decendent of Kush called the Kushite.The same people called Ethiopia by
Greek. The histry does not end in Nubia,it comes Down to the tower of Axum in Ethiopia called aq-Kush . Which the tower is made by Kush during the Axumite kingdom which is the kingdom of Kush.
The book of Isaiah chapter 18 is about the Cushites and it begins with a an expression of displeasure; “Ah!” I often wondered if the Hebrew “Huy!” may hint at an Egyption official who was the viceroy of Cush under King Tutenkhamon.
In the Tomb of Huy there is a painting of a procession of Cushites bringing tribute and include a princess riding in a chariot drawn by oxen accompanied by “The children of the chiefs of all the countries” (Breasted, Ancient Records of Egypt p.425).
Ceremonies were also conducted at the temple of Amon which connects this scene to Isaiah 18:7; “In that time, tribute shall be brought to the Lord of Hosts.”
Neither, likely. It’s probably related to some of the other languages of the area, either Nilo-Saharan (like the Sudanic languages) or Afro-Asiatic (like ancient Egyptian, Tamazight, and Semitic languages such as Arabic and Hebrew). Definitely not Indo-European. The interpretation of the texts being uncertain, there’s not enough reliable data to prove or disprove any hypothesis.
They have been able to decipher the Meroitic script, but not the language associated with it. So obviously, Arabic came in and overtook it. But the Meroitic language is believed not to be related to Semitic, Hamitic, or Cushitic. Was it within its own language family, or was it an Indo-European language?