Ancient Nubia is a region in today’s southern Egypt and and northern Sudan that was home to a series of dynamic kingdoms. Although its kings and queens built more pyramids than ancient Egypt and controlled a vast trade network, ancient Nubia is often overshadowed by its more famous neighbor, and many people today are unaware that its great civilizations even existed. In this workshop Denise M. Doxey, curator, Ancient Egyptian, Nubian and Near Eastern Art, provides an introduction to the powerful African kingdoms, connecting works featured in “Ancient Nubia Now” to three key geographic contexts: the capitals of Kerma (2400 to 1550 BCE), Napata (800 to 300 BCE), and Meroe (300 BCE to 300 CE). The MFA played a key role in bringing ancient Nubia to light through archeological expeditions conducted with Harvard University between 1910 to 1930. Doxey addresses how early interpretations of the Harvard–MFA expedition framed what is now seen as a limited and racist understanding of Nubia for generations. Following the lecture, explore “Ancient Nubia Now” with prompts and guiding questions.
Note: This is one of a series of two Wednesday workshops related to “Ancient Nubia Now” for K–12 teachers. These workshops align in particular with the updated Massachusetts History and Social Science Frameworks for Grade 6 World Geography and Ancient Civilizations I. Click “Tickets” to reserve your spot for this workshop.