The Archaeological Mission to Musawwarat

Musawwarat es-Sufra is one of the most important archaeological heritage sites in Sudan and a major testimony to one of its most important historic periods, i.e. the Meroitic era (300 BC to 350 AD). Situated in the magnificent setting of Wadi es-Sufra, about 25 km outside the Nile valley, it is a fascinating place to discover and visit.

Musawwarat was inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage list as part of the serial nomination ‘Island of Meroe’ in 2011. We invite you to explore the site of Musawwarat and to follow our work, which focuses on archaeological research as much as on preserving and presenting this unique place as an important part of Africa’s cultural heritage.


Relief of the lion god Apedemak at the Lion Temple in Musawwarat (photo: Claudia Näser)

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to inform you that former project associates of the Humboldt University’s two QSAP projects in Sudan have set up an online petition at With this, the university is petitioned to provide an official statement as to the discontinuation of project work, the ending of the work contract with Prof. Claudia Naeser and – as it is perceived by most outsiders – the unclear and disrespectful refusal of funding for the upcoming period.

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