The Ancient Meroitic Period of the Kingdom of Kush

The sculpture and architecture of the period shows much influence from the Greek and the Greco-Roman world. By The British Museum Ancient Sudan: The Meroitic Period (c.300 B.C.E.–350 C.E.) The Meroitic period, the later phase of rule by the Kushite kings, is named after the royal burial ground at Meroe. In the third century B.C.E. the[…]

An Introduction to Ancient Nubia and the Kingdom of Kush

The Kushites were expelled from Egypt by the Assyrians, but their kingdom flourished in Sudan for another thousand years. By The British Museum Introduction The first settlers in northern Sudan date back 300,000 years. It is home to the oldest sub-Saharan African kingdom, the kingdom of Kush (about 2500–1500 B.C.E.). This culture produced some of[…]

The Prehistoric Megalithic Temples of Malta

The evidence we have suggests that the first settlers on Malta were a community of farmers. By Ollie Wells Introduction The megalithic temples of Malta and Gozo rank amongst the oldest free-standing buildings in the world. Construction of these temples started c. 3500 BCE, an impressive architectural feat for their time, particularly given that the[…]

An Introduction to the Art of the Neolithic Period, c.7000–1700 B.C.E.

Neolithic people did not write. However, because they lived in settled communities, they left many traces. By Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art Introduction The Neolithic period, or New Stone Age, is characterized by the beginning of a settled human lifestyle. People learned to cultivate plants and domesticate animals for food, rather than rely solely on hunting[…]