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Human bones

Napatan Period, reign of Piankhy (Piye)–Shabaka
743–698 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), el-Kurru, Grave 51

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Organic remains

Fragments of two human skulls.

Bag 1: Bag of soil and tiny bone fragments (or “bone dust”)

Bag 2: Two individuals; one nearly complete cranium, 1 larger right parietal with right frontal still fused at coronal suture.

Bag 3: Complete left parietal

Bag 4: Two parts of left frontal with osteomic tumor coming out of orbit, one temporal bone fragment.

Bag 5: Nearly complete occipital bone (male based on nuchal area)

Bag 6: Right temporal bone fragment with mastoid process (male based on mastoid)

Bag 7: Left temporal bone fragment (same as right, bag 6/7 possibly same individual)

Box 1: Miscellaneous sphenoid fragments.


From el-Kurru, Ku 51. 1919: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition