German President Visits the Naga Team
Although German President Steinmeier only visited to the Republic of Sudan for one day on February 27th, 2020, his programme included not only political talks, but also a visit to the National Museum in Khartoum. There, the president expressed a wish to know more about the German archaeological projects in the Sudan, which have been a cornerstone of the German-Sudanese dialogue for decades.
The Naga team of the State Museum of Egyptian Art Munich, represented by Dr. Karla Kröper, Dr. Arnulf Schlüter and Christian Perzlmeier were able to present the project (which has been ongoing since 1995) directly in front of finds from Naga exhibited in a prominent location of the National Museum. Dr. Schlüter reported on the excavation publications and described the plans to erect a site museum which we hope will become a focus for Sudan’s cultural and historical identity, in which the Naga Project already plays an important role.
The President’s interest in the project was particularly appreciated as a sign of recognition of the State Museum of Egyptian Art Munich’s dedication not only to pure research but also to matters of cultural politics.