chapter  9
Landscapes of Knowledge, Idioms of Power: The African Foundations of Ancient Egyptian Civilization Reconsidered
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In a review of the “Sudan Notes and Records as a vehicle of research”, Sanderson (1964: 164-165) observed a “strong bias” in the direction of colonial scholarship towards social anthropology in southern Sudan – notably among the Dinka, Nuer, Shilluk, and Azande – and an “even heavier emphasis” upon archaeology in the northern part of the country, with its “wealth of visible sites … [which] inspired many officials to become amateur field archaeologists”. If knowledge is power, then the fact that these distinct forms of knowledge were consistently cultivated by the colonial government in the northern and southern parts of Sudan is of interest, both for modern perceptions of the region’s past, and in understanding its politically divided, postcolonial present.