Brown Bag lecture, Pavel Onderka

Brown Bag lecture on

Wad Ben Naga: A Royal City in the Heart of Africa”

Wad Ben Naga is the name of a village and an archaeological site in Sudan 130 km north of Khartoum. The site encompasses the remains of a royal city dated to the period of the Kingdom of Meroe (ca. 300 BC – AD 350) and extensive cemeteries dated to both Meroitic and Post-Meroitic times.  In 2009, the National Museum of the Czech Republic launched its excavations at Wad Ben Naga. After initial seasons dedicated to revising excavations by previous excavators of the site, the mission began with exploration of a long-lost temple, the so-called Typhonium, known from accounts of early European and American travelers. This lecture will present the current state of our knowledge about the ancient site and the role it played within the Meroitic state.


Presented by Pavel Onderka

Pavel Ondurka is an Egyptologist, Nubiologist and Keeper of Collections and Deputy Director of the National Museum – Náprstek Museum of Asian, African and American Cultures in Prague. Since 2009, he has been the director of the Archaeological Expedition to Wad Ben Naga


Wednesday, August 28, 2013


LaSalle Banks room (Oriental Institute lower level)

Please bring your lunch