History

The history of the Kerma region is unique and rich. The remains of its glorious past are accessible today, thanks to the work of enlightened amateurs and passionate archaeologists.

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Kerma, the capital of the first kingdom of Sub-Saharan Africa, is located in the heart of Sudanese Nubia.
Periods, Dates & Sites
The global evolution of human populations in the Kerma region is attested for almost one million years.
Pre-Kerma develops between the end of the fourth and the beginning fo the third millennium B.C. It bears witness to an important social complexification, foreshadowing the formation of the first kingdom of Sub-Saharan Africa.
The Kingdom of Kerma, a Nubian culture that emerged late in the fourth millennium B.C., will dominate Upper Nubia for almost a thousand years.
The city of Dukki Gel is founded by the pharaohs of the Eighteenth Dynasty of Egypt.
During its long history (spanning from 8th century B.C. to the 4th century A.D.), the Kingdom of Kush is divided into two periods—the Napatan and Meroitic periods—based on the location of the kingdom’s nerve centre.