16-U-29 Melik en Nasr West

This lay on gently slopes to the east of an oval hill opposite Melik en Nasr on the west bank, c.75m from the river; on sloping ground (c.15.5-20.6 above Nile level) and perhaps including material washed down from higher ground (c.27-32m above river level). The surface was covered with a quite rich scatter of pottery and stone flakes, in an area of c.100m x 150m. Four test trenches (total c.245m2) were excavated by Lars Gezelius in April 1968, revealing deposits c.10cm deep, with no stratification.

General view of 16-U-29 (after test excavations) from west; on sloping ground beyond small gully. West end of Turmukki island visible across river channel on right.

Surface collections were generally very abraded/wind-polished but examples of H1.01, H2.01, H3.01 and H3.02 were noted with haematite polished ware (black topped and rippled), and drab grey sandy and burnished wares. Pottery from test excavations included haematite polished ware with radiating combed designs as well as incised herringbone decoration and milled rims, with examples of H1.01B (with incised chevrons designs), H1.02, H2.01, H4.01A, H4.12, H4.13 (some comb impressed) identified. While registered as a ‘C-Group’ site, the character of the assemblage  was noted as ‘unusual’ and considered perhaps earlier. Some of the decoration is similar to Middle Pre-Kerma types known from areas further south. A small sample of lithics was collected including chert, rhyolite, agate and quartzite pieces.

Field drawings of (unusual) decorated pottery from 16-U-29 (by Lars Gezelius).
Lithics sample from 16-U-29