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A Long, Silent Interlude? Lower Nubia In The Third Intermediate Period (C. 1069–760bc)

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The apparent emptiness of Lower Nubias archaeological map between the end of the Twentieth Dynasty and the eighth century BC (and beyond), combined with the negative connotations of the unfortunate term Third Intermediate Period, resulted in the view that with the end of the viceregal administration all political and social institutions disintegrated between the First and Third Cataracts, the more so that, after a gradual population decline starting in the Nineteenth Dynasty, by the end of the New Kingdom the region became almost completely uninhabited and it remained so for the next millennium or even longer. The monument of Kadimalo displays the kind of dualism encountered in earlier monuments employing Egyptian writing and/or iconography but created in periods of relative isolation from contemporary Egypt. Egyptian mortuary religion offered an elementary view of political continuity even if it was only incompletely perceived and accepted in Kush.

Keywords: Egyptian writing; Kush; Lower Nubia; Queen Kadimalo; Third Intermediate Period; viceregal administration



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