Kathryn Howley

Kathryn Howley

Christ's College, University of Cambridge
2017 Grant Recipient
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Publication of F. Ll. Griffith's Excavations at Sanam Temple, 1912

This grant will fund the much-needed publication of the temple of Sanam in Sudan. Dating to the mid-first millennium BC, the temple was excavated by Francis Llewellyn Griffith in 1912 and is located near the modern town of Karima at the fourth cataract of the Nile. The larger site of Sanam (ancient Napata), of which the temple forms part, was the religious and administrative center of the Nubian state in the mid-first millennium BC. The temple is especially significant among Nubian monuments of this period because of the evidence it offers for the non-Egyptian structure of the Napatan state and economy, and because of its central location in close proximity to other royal monuments. This project will utilize objects from Sanam Temple now in the Ashmolean Museum, the excavation archives at the Griffith Institute in Oxford, and data from a planned field season that will re-document the temple to modern standards in order to fully publish and contextualize this important site. Publication will allow scholars to fully access evidence from Sanam Temple, and will be of great significance to current discussion in Nubian Studies about the degree and meaning of Egyptianization in Nubian culture.
Dr. Kathryn Howley is Lady Wallis Budge Junior Research Fellow in Egyptology at Christ’s College, University of Cambridge. She specializes in the archaeology and material culture of ancient Egypt and Sudan in the first millennium BC, and is particularly interested in questions of how and why material culture travels across borders. She received her PhD from Brown University in 2015, where she studied the extent and nature of the cultural contact between Nubia and Egypt in the mid-first millennium BC through an analysis of the burial assemblages excavated at the royal pyramid tombs at Nuri in Sudan. She currently serves as assistant editor for the Journal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections, and is involved with several field projects in Sudan and Egypt.  

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