Sudan Antiquities and Museums

The Sudan Antiquities Service was founded in 1905, later renamed the National Corporation for Antiquities and Museums (NCAM). NCAM is responsible for Sudan’s antiquities and archaeological sites, including the World Heritage sites of Meroe and Gebel Barkal, together with 15 museums.

Sudan’s incredible and diverse cultural heritage, ranging from Neolithic sites of human activity and settlement to historic sites of the 19th and 20th century, is reflected in the museum collections and NCAM archive of many thousands of slides, photographs, and large format maps and plans of archaeological sites. After the 1959 Nile Waters Agreement was signed between Sudan and Egypt, permitting construction of the Aswan High Dam, this accelerated the need to establish the Sudan National Museum to serve as headquarters for the collection and display of Sudanese antiquities. The Sudan National Museum was then established in 1971 in Khartoum and now contains the largest and most important archaeological collection in Sudan, as well as NCAM’s administrative base.

Sudan Memory has collaborated with NCAM since 2018 to provide equipment, training and support for the recording of a number of NCAM’s archives and museum collections. This includes the archive of the NCAM Digitisation Unit in Khartoum, collections of the Khalifa House Museum in Omdurman, the Shikan Museum in El Obeid and the South Darfur Museum in Nyala.

Content from this collection will be available soon.

Khartoum, Sudan
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