Decolonising the Excavations at Jebel Moya

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Photograph of a laptop on a desk, on the laptop screen, is a live event showing the speaker, next to two photographs of a plaque on a stack of stones. The plaque reads “Wellcome Urbibe 1910 1938”. The speaker is seated, has dark brown shoulder-length hair, and is wearing a bright yellow top. There is a red phone icon in the top left-hand corner of the screen. Around the laptop, there is a glass jam jar of pens, books, and a houseplant.
Exploring Research: Decolonising the Excavations at Jebel Moya, Photo: Steven Pocock & Kathleen Arundell. Photograph of plaque (right) courtesy of Isabelle Vella Gregory.

What you’ll do

Join Isabelle Vella Gregory as she explores Jebel Moya, an archaeological site in the southern Gezira Plain in Sudan, first excavated by Henry Wellcome between 1911 and 1914. This talk will use the archives at Wellcome Collection to explore Henry Wellcome’s work, its aftermath and the current project and excavations, which were resumed in 2017.

You will learn about how the archives show the legacies of imperialism and power imbalances, and how this helped the current Jebel Moya project pursue a different strategy, involving more collaboration with Sudanese stakeholders. Isabelle will share the key findings of the project, including information on population health and movement, and the research questions excavations can answer.

The presentation includes some photographs of excavated human remains.

This event will be hosted through the videoconferencing platform BlueJeans. After booking a ticket, you will receive a confirmation email with joining instructions. You will be able to comment and ask questions live online using the chat function throughout the event, and your microphone and camera will be switched off for the whole session.

About your speaker

Photograph of Isabelle Vella Gregory

Isabelle Vella Gregory

Isabelle Vella Gregory's profile at University of Cambridge

Isabelle is the Deputy Director of the Jebel Moya excavations. She also works in the Mediterranean, especially Malta. She teaches at the Institute of Continuing Education and is an Affiliate Scholar at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge.



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