"Jebel Moya" Jabal Mayyah by uglyscot

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Neolithic site at Jebel Moya

On the road between Sennar and Kosti is the rocky outcrop of Jebel Moya. The Wellcome expedition excavated this site between 1909 and 1914. Three thousand tombs were uncovered and settlement debris, although it probably had a seasonal population, nomads until 500BC., from 500 to 100BC the population was probably permanant.

An archaeological excursion

The bus unloaded a group of foreigners and a few locals. Most were in trousers and wearing sunglasses and baseball hats. One woman was even wearing high heels; the rest were wearing trainers or flat shoes. Most were carrying flasks of water and bags of food.
The bus parked at the foot of a boulder strewn hill. Everyone began to clamber up over the granite rocks, with disintegrating feldspar allowing handholds until they reached a vast building built of boulders. It had underground rooms, window holes, and a stairway on the outside. There were beams and a metal ceiling, under which bats and birds flitted. The walls had graffiti- a hawk, names.
Outside was a platform and boulder-marked graves. To the left a bee-hive shaped construction- a bakery, an oven, built of boulders. To the right, a dhurra-shaped grain store.
The terrain was scattered with potsherds, all quite small, some with a pattern of dots, lozenge lines; most red but some black. This was debris left behind by the earlier archaeologists.
Children from the village below were following, asking for bakhsheesh, wanting to try on sunglasses, offering stones. They were a nuisance, begging “Give us money, water, anything. We are poor Sudanese.”
At departure, they crowded round the bus. One woman lost her sunglasses.
The children were so varied- some pitch-black, others light brown; hair curly, crinkled, or smooth and straight. They gathered like flies, still begging.

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  • Last visit to Jabal Mayyah: Dec 1995
  • Intro Updated Mar 5, 2007
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  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Oct 9, 2007 at 8:12 PM

    Nice write up of even lesser known old historical site.

  • evaanna's Profile Photo
    Mar 4, 2007 at 11:22 AM

    I'm sure an archaeologist would find that site fascinating. One must learn to see things at such places.


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