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Nubian EncountersThe Story of the Nubian Ethnological Survey 19611964$
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Nicholas S. Hopkins and Sohair R. Mehanna

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9789774164019

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774164019.001.0001

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Anthropological Encounters in Nubia

Anthropological Encounters in Nubia

(p.18) 2 Anthropological Encounters in Nubia
Nubian Encounters

Nicholas S. Hopkins

Sohair R. Mehanna

American University in Cairo Press

In this chapter, the project director, Robert Fernea, sums up the project fifteen years after its completion. Ample scientific and pragmatic justification existed for salvage ethnography in Old Nubia. The project proposal stressed such issues as ecological adaptation and labor migration. He and his colleagues offered to be of help to those responsible for planning Nubian resettlement by providing information about the characteristics of Nubian society. It was significant that a record now exists of the culture and society of Egyptian Nubians before the High Dam that was to become part of the human heritage. This chapter goes back to the beginning and follows the Nubian Ethnological Survey (NES) from its inception in 1960 to its conclusion in 1965, following the terminal conference in Aswan in January 1964. It presents the research teams, introduces the framework, and sets out some of the methodologies and conclusions.

Keywords:   Robert Fernea, AUC, NES, Aswan, ethnography

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