Save Nubia Project

The Save Nubia Project (SNP) is a major campaign of Advancing The Research,
dedicated to preserving the classical African civilizations of ancient Kush and Nubia (northeast Africa region).

Image above is the Philae Temple in lower Nubia, flooded.

SNP Mission

In 2008, the Merowe Dam flooded a 108 mile long area. At least 2,500 ancient Kushite archaeological sites were destroyed, and 70,000 local Sudanese people were displaced.

The mission of the Save Nubia Project (SNP) is to help raise national and international awareness about the pending flooding of the central areas of the ancient Kushite and Nubian civilizations in the Sudan. There are a series of dams (from the 2nd through 5th cataracts) along the Nile completed or scheduled for construction, each of which will create a large reservoir and flood countless ancient archaeological sites and displace hundreds of thousands of people. Thus, the Save Nubia Project’s task is to document that the dam construction areas in northern and eastern Sudan are valuable World Heritage Areas that are in danger of being destroyed, and should be preserved.

The SNP campaign has three goals:

  1. Conduct field research to document, record, and publish historical and archaeological evidence on the importance of the historic northern and eastern Sudan regions;
  2. Present compelling documentation that this rich archaeological region should be designated a network of UNESCO World Heritage Sites at risk, which would help protect the region from large dam construction and   inundation. There are other sources of energy available in Sudan, such as solar panels, micro-hydro, and   wind turbines;
  3. Assist the local Nubian people near the 2nd and 3rd cataracts to build a series of museums to help preserve their heritage.