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Qatar Funding Meroitic Archaeological Projects

Qatar Funding Meroitic Archaeological Projects

The Meroitic civilization got its name from the seat of its ruler, Meroe Royal City, to the east of which lie the royal burial grounds… The last archaeologists to carry out excavations at the site were American George Reisner and his Sudanese colleague Saeed Ahmed in the early 1900s.

Enter Qatar Museums. Since late 2013, it has sponsored the ambitious Nubian Archaeological Development Organization (NADO), with 39 archaeological projects overseen by the Qatar-Sudan Archaeological Project (QSAP). Each of these projects has received a share of $135 million — an unprecedented amount of funding — to conduct research over a five-year period. This year, QSAP launched its 40th project, the Qatari Mission for the Pyramids of Sudan (QMPS). Now, a multinational team is working at the pyramids of Bejrawiya, a United Nations Education Science and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Site and the most famous archaeological monuments in Sudan…

Source (Click to Read More):
Al-Monitor – Will Qatar’s investment in ancient pyramids bring tourists to Sudan?

Additional Stories:

Smithsonian Smart News – Qatar Gives $135 Million to Sudan for Archaeological Projects (27-Mar-2015)