Show simple item record

Exploration of the late prehistoric occupation at Jebel Sabaloka in central Sudan: findings of the 2017 field campaign
dc.contributor.authorVaradzinová, Lenka
dc.contributor.authorVaradzin, Ladislav
dc.contributor.authorKapustka, Katarína
dc.contributor.authorPacina, Jan
dc.description.abstractIn the autumn of 2017, the exploration of the late prehistoric occupation on the west bank of the Nile at Jebel Sabaloka came to its fifth season. The fieldwork focused on the site of Fox Hill (SBK.W-20), last explored in 2012. Four trenches (no. 21–24) measuring 24 m2 in total (fig. 3) were excavated, all on Terrace 3 of the site (fig. 2). The most significant findings of the field campaign include the following: (1) A large late prehistoric burial ground was uncovered on Terrace 3. Based on the hitherto finds of intact (14 individuals) and disturbed burials and their distribution in Trenches 21 and 22 only, the burial ground appears to have been confined roughly to the southern third of Terrace 3 and to have contained at least several dozen deceased (figs. 4a, 5, 6). The use of shells of Nile bivalves as burial goods was attested (B.5, B.6; figs. 7 and 8); other items serving this function were not detected. Of interest is the presence of stone piles, in some cases carefully built, which covered burials particularly in the eastern part of Trench 22 (fig. 5). Before carrying out AMS 14C analyses, a Late Mesolithic dating can be tentatively put forward for (at least part of) this burial ground based on similarities to the burial ground at the site of Sphinx (e.g. Varadzinová – Varadzin 2017). (2) Terrace 3 had been used for settlement as well, both during the Mesolithic and the Neolithic. Several settlement features were uncovered, of which at least two had shapes reminiscent of those characteristic of storage pits (F.54, F.57 – not dated more precisely so far; fig. 4a). Also, a stratification of settlement layers was detected (fig. 4b). (3) Of utmost significance is the discovery of fragments of what appears to be a stratified sequence of layers of Pleistocene dating (!) (fig. 9). They contained numerous assemblages of lithics with an unusually high representation of vein quartz, tiny cores ca. 1 cm in size used for production of microbladelets possibly by indirect percussion, and other pieces of lithics exhibiting advanced patination. The material has tentatively been assigned to the Late Stone Age. (4) The first of its kind was also a workshop for the production of Neolithic gouges on red rhyolite (fig. 1, 2, 11), detected in the western part of Fox Hill, with finds of raw material, primary shaping waste, finalisation waste, and unfinished as well as finished artefacts. The exploration of the site will continue in 2018.en_US
dc.publisherUniverzita Karlova, Filozofická fakultacs_CZ
dc.sourcePražské egyptologické studie (Prague Egyptological Studies), 2018, 20, 35-45cs_CZ
dc.subjectpohoří Sabalokacs_CZ
dc.subjectpohřebiště lovců-sběračůcs_CZ
dc.subjectkamenná industriecs_CZ
dc.subjectJebel Sabalokaen_US
dc.subjecthunter- -gatherer burial grounden_US
dc.titleVýzkum pravěkého osídlení v pohoří Sabaloka v centrálním Súdánu: poznatky z výzkumné sezóny 2017cs_CZ
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
dc.title.translatedExploration of the late prehistoric occupation at Jebel Sabaloka in central Sudan: findings of the 2017 field campaignen_US
dcterms.isPartOf.namePražské egyptologické studie (Prague Egyptological Studies)cs_CZ

Files in this item


This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record
Except where otherwise noted, this item's license is described as

© 2017 Univerzita Karlova, Ústřední knihovna, Ovocný trh 560/5, 116 36 Praha 1; email: admin-repozitar [at]

Za dodržení všech ustanovení autorského zákona jsou zodpovědné jednotlivé složky Univerzity Karlovy. / Each constituent part of Charles University is responsible for adherence to all provisions of the copyright law.

Upozornění / Notice: Získané informace nemohou být použity k výdělečným účelům nebo vydávány za studijní, vědeckou nebo jinou tvůrčí činnost jiné osoby než autora. / Any retrieved information shall not be used for any commercial purposes or claimed as results of studying, scientific or any other creative activities of any person other than the author.

DSpace software copyright © 2002-2015  DuraSpace
Theme by 
@mire NV