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Urban Metamorphosis of the community of a Medieval African capital city

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Project "UMMA" data sheet

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postcode: 00 927

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 Coordinator Country Poland [PL]
 Total cost 1˙484˙854 €
 EC max contribution 1˙484˙854 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2017-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2018
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2018-06-01   to  2023-05-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIWERSYTET WARSZAWSKI PL (WARSZAWA) coordinator 1˙484˙854.00


 Project objective

UMMA (Arab. أمة - community) is a multidisciplinary project aimed as the first study of the liminal phases of a Christian African community inhabiting Dongola, the capital city of of Makuria (modern Sudan). It will concern the twilight of Christian Dongola and the metamorphosis of its urban community into a new entity organised along different social and religious paradigms. The project will investigate the impact between the weakening of the central authority and migrations of Islamic Arab tribes on the kingdom’s capital city and its community. The notion that the project intends to investigate is that a complete breakdown of this urban organism and its hinterland was avoided thanks to cooperation established between the remaining local community and migrant population groups arriving in the period under consideration. The project will seek to identify strategies of interaction between the local community and the newcomers, as well as patterns of survival of the old traditions on household level. UMMA will lay foundations for further enquiries into evolution of precolonial African communities and provoke a general discussion on social changes in urban environments. It will unfold a whole new research perspective on the period from the gradual decline of the kingdom of Makuria (14th-15th cent. CE) to the Egyptian invasion in 1820, which is virtually absent from scholarly enquiry to date.

UMMA brings together specialists from several disciplines to carry out an exemplary archaeological project to set the standards for future archaeological research on late medieval and early modern Sudan. The project will combine methods of inquiry used in disciplines like history, archaeology, geophysics, chemistry and physics to obtain a multifaceted, cross-disciplinary perspective on the social phenomenon of liminal periods in urbanism.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Katarzyna Danys
Exchange of goods, people and ideas in the monastic context: pottery evidence from Dayr Anba Hadra and Qasr el-Wizz.
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2019 Artur Obłuski
\"\"\"Archaeological Perspectives on Islam and Islamisation in Nubia\"\"\"
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2019 Katarzyna Danys
\"\"\"Greek treasures from Old Dongolia. Didymoteicho vessels from houses on the citadel from the 18th century\"\"\"
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2019 Artur Obłuski
\"\"\"UW Center of Mediterranean Archeology mission to Old Dongola, autumn 2018 - winter2019\"\"\"
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2019 Katatrzyna Danys Bogusław Franczyk
\"\"\"Potters give you a fire! Contemporary pottery traditions in the area of ​​Old Dongola\"\"\"
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2019 Dorota Dzierzbicka
\"\"\"Life in eighteenth-century Dongolia in the light of recent research\"\"\"
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2019 Adrian Chlebowski
\"\"\"Measurement and documentation work at the Old Dongola stand in the 2018/2019 season. Research status and future perspectives\"\"\"
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2019 Agata Deptuła Maciej Wyżgoł
\"\"\"Clay and cane. Half-timbered houses in Old Dongola\"\"\"
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