Excavation at Kawa

Kawa was occupied for nearly two millennia from the fourteenth century BC and is now one of the best preserved archaeological sites in Sudan.

In conjunction with the Sudan Archaeological Research Society, a British Museum team has been excavating widely within the town. The project aims to explore and understand what was life like in Kawa 3,000 and 2,000 years ago.

Through survey and excavation of houses, shrines, industrial installations, stores, and the cemetery, the lives, health and wellbeing, funerary beliefs and mortuary practices of the town's inhabitants, are being studied.

About the project

The town at Kawa is located on the east bank of the Nile in northern Sudan.

It was founded by the Egyptian pharaoh Akhenaten in the fourteenth century BC and was finally abandoned in the fourth century AD.

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Excavation at Kawa

Excavations have taken place across the town off and on since 1998.


A number of preliminary reports from excavation at Kawa have been published.

They are available in Sudan & Nubia, the bulletin of the Sudan Archaeological Research Society.

More information

For more information about the site and excavations, visit the Sudan Archaeological Research Society website.