The Royal Pyramids of Nuri: An Archaeological Exploration of Ancient Nubia

Pearce Paul Creasman
Mondays 9 AM - 11 AM
November 6, 13, 20, 27 and December 4, 2023

The Royal Pyramids of Nuri: An Archaeological Exploration of Ancient Nubia

Fall 2023
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In Session
9 AM - 11 AM
November 6, 13, 20, 27 and December 4, 2023

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This course will examine the little-known "silent partner" to ancient Egypt's grandeur: Nubia. The source of technologies, raw goods (e.g., gold), mercenaries, and considerable interconnections, Nubia shaped ancient Egypt far more extensively than is generally understood. Meanwhile, Nubia supported several powerful, independent, millennia-long kingdoms of its own, called the Kerma culture and the kingdom of Kush. Across five lectures, organized chronologically, we will explore the sites most critical to the development of ancient Nubian civilizations, focusing on the most spectacular discoveries, including archaeological and textual evidence and their importance. Emphasis will be on the Kerma culture (ca. 2500-1500 BC), the 25th Dynasty/Napatans (ca. 900-300 BC), and the Meroitic kingdom (ca. 300 BC to AD 300). Current archaeological excavations led by the instructor at the royal cemetery and pyramids of Nuri will be covered in depth.

Meet Your Professor

Executive Director
American Center of Research

PEARCE PAUL CREASMAN is an archaeologist specializing in Egyptology, maritime history, and dendrochronology. The author of more than 50 articles and six edited books, as an associate professor at the University of Arizona, his research focuses on understanding ancient human and environmental interactions. For the past 15 years, he has directed fieldwork in Egypt and Sudan. His current excavation is at the pyramid field of Nuri, Sudan.


  • All classes will be delivered online via Zoom
  • Online - students may attend all classes via live video streaming and will be able to participate in all course Q&A sessions with the professor in real-time. A high-speed internet connection and a device capable of running Zoom are required to connect. Online access will be password protected and only available to enrolled students.
  • Class Recordings - All HSP classes are recorded and available for every enrolled student to watch for the duration of the course and one month after the last class session. This option is offered to aid students who cannot attend the live class times but desire to enroll and participate asynchronously. We hope this option also aids students who are traveling or have a necessary appointment that conflicts with a class session to stay connected and engaged with the course material.


This course will be offered ONLINE ONLY
Classes will be live streamed during the time and dates specified in the course details section above. Instructions about how to access the course online will be sent to all enrolled students before the course begins.

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