Monday, May 5, 2014

Sudan pyramid hunt gets funding as desert dream realised

Little by little, the deserts of northern Sudan slowly reveal the secrets they have held for 2,000 years and more.

With wheelbarrows, pulleys and shovels, sweating labourers have unearthed the remains of pyramids, temples and other ancient monuments.

But much of the country's rich archaeological heritage still remains hidden, and what has been discovered remains little known to outsiders.

Saturday, September 28, 2013


by Michael H. Brownstein

Pandora of Nubia, near the ivory trade route,
took possession of a grand ebony chest,
watched it with the eyes of a cheetah.

Somewhere within its thick walls
a secret stayed itself, and she could hear it,
now and then bumping into things.

She ignored it at first, or tried,
made promises to herself she knew she couldn't keep,
touched the wood with her palm,

played with the flimsy lock of grass and twig,
found herself admiring the grain with her fingertips.
Too much cat, the Shaman knew this to be true,

and bided her time from her grass covered home
overlooking the village near the great river.
There was something in the chest too great for her,

but not too great for Pandora with braided dark hair,
full lips and perfect skin—almost ebony black.
She was right, of course. Pandora was curious,

and it was curiosity that made her play with the lock,
break it open with an ah ha and a smile.
She opened the chest later that day,

let escape the demons the Shaman knew were inside,
thick fogs of madness and bitterness,
jealousy and selfishness, greed and contempt.

Pandora allowed them to sting her.
their noise intolerant and vulgar,
and then she peered into the shadow of the chest,

saw a round object corked and scented,
and pulled out a painted gourd
a vessel full of rich golden water,

a liquid with a smell she could not remember.
She drank from it.
It made her happy.

The painful stings left her skin,
she felt whole,
calm, able to see into her dreams.

Hope did not come with a fairy.
Hope came with Pandora’s gourd of beer—
a magic beer too easy to replicate.

The shaman went on to greatness,
made the best varieties,
and the people lined up to drink it.

Pandora kept the gourd in her home,
shared its contents with everyone,
especially those who wanted her to tell her story.

And then the Greeks came.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Nubia and Egypt 10,000 B.C. to 400 A.D. From Pre-History to the Meroitic Period--Larry Ross

"This is the first book to claim that the Black Nubians played an essential role in the rise of Ancient Egyptian civilization. Ross is the first scholar to argue that there is a shared origin of Nile Valley Civilization between Nubian and Egyptian cultures. Nubia today is known as the nation-states of Sudan and South Sudan, and has been misrepresented for thousands of years by Egyptian sources, which minimized the role the people played in world history. This book draws on recent archaeological findings that claim Pharonic symbolism, sacred bark, and serekh, are of Nubian origin, not Egyptian."

Nubian Jar in the University of Missouri Art and Archaeology Collection

The threads below show the mistakes the University of Missouri Art and Archaeology Museum continues to make about Nubia.

The black topped jar in the exhibit is dated 3900 BCE to 3150 BCE. Egypt became Egypt at approximately 3200 BCE. The jar is created in the Nubian style--and even if dating is not an exact science the range of years in the date given in the exhibit makes it a Nubian piece--not Egyptian.

Its time for the museum to correct its error and show the real origination point of the black topped jar.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The Nubian People Created Egypt

Because of Bruce Williams of the Oriental Museum and the University of Chicago, Larry Ross of Lincoln University and the author of  Nubia and Egypt: 10,000 BCE to 400 AD and this blog that I have been working on for the past few years, there is no more issues in my mind--and their should not be any in yours either--that Nubia is the reason Egypt came to be. In fact, between the three of us, we have offered enough evidence to prove Nubia is the actual founder of Egypt.

I began this blog to discover Nubia's impact on Egypt. My initial hypothesis was: Nubia started it all--it is the reason Egypt began. Now, a few years later--I''m going to state again: Yes, it did.

Michael H. Brownstein

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Nubian Firsts

   The tradition of the pharaoh began not in Egypt, but in Nubia. Furthermore, Nubia developed an international trade with other nations in Africa and the Middle East long before Egypt had. “Egypt needed Nubia more than Nubia needed Egypt.” Even though Egypt was able to produce their own pottery, they preferred Nubian pottery to their own and adopted it into their culture. Even religious objects like the small fertility figurine were found in parts of Egypt.

Nubians were active in pottery making as early as 8,000 BCE. By 6000 BCE, Nubians were domesticating animals. “The Egyptians were late arrivers in the ancient trade networks, because Nubia had already established trade.” Much of the development of Nubia was unknown to Egypt until the Nubians moved north into Egypt around 5,000 BCE and spread their genes, culture, belief systems and technological advances with the inhabitants of Egypt.

--Larry Ross. Nubia and Egypt: 10,000 BCE to 400 AD, p. 122-123, 147, 195

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Nubia Invented Writing

"With the discoveries of King Scorpion's tomb, dated 3250 BCE at Abydos in the 1990s by Dr. Gunter Dryer and the Scorpion Tableau at Gebel Tjauti by Dr. John and Deborah Darnell...history itself was introduced because King Scorpion's tomb contained the world's first complete writing system. Dr. Bruce Williams contends that the early kings of Egypt came from Nubia....Based on the archeological remains at Qustul Cemetery L, and other artifacts from Nubia, it is now clear that the practices displayed on the Scorpion Tableau did not originate in the area designated as Egypt."

--Ross, Larry. Nubia and Egypt: 10,000 BCE to 400 AD, p. 80

Add writing to the list of Nubian firsts.