Exploring the history of Africa on the ground is not possible for us at the moment. The global health situation has driven us into home office. And yet we are in the thick of it. From her desk at home and – before the pandemic – through her work on the ground in Sudan, archaeologist Jana Eger
is exploring historical sites in the desert and semi-desert areas west of the Nile. With the analysis of remote sensing data, amongst them satellite images and radar measurements, she explored path networks in Sudan for her master’s thesis at the Free University of Berlin. Her current dissertation project takes her back to the country on the Nile – or rather to the savanna and desert areas west of it. As part of the InterLINK
project, she is writing her doctoral thesis at University of Münster (WWU) on the the topic of “North Kordofan as a contact and border zone of medieval Nubian states”. This year, due to global travel restrictions, she was able to turn her full attention to the remote sensing data that is fundamental to the InterLINK project’s research. Using high-resolution photos and terrain models, Jana Eger and her colleague Tim Karberg (W.A.D.I.-Project
) discovered, for example, previously unknown settlements along the once wet shore zone of a now dry lake near Jebel Nagashush (link to report
) on the northern border of North Kordofan. Presumably, these settlements date from between 7000 and 4000 before today. An exact determination will only be possible by visiting the site.