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In Sudan, gold diggers are damaging ancient sites

A month ago, when the five archaeologists and police arrived at the Jabal Maragha site in Sudan for a routine visit, they thought they had lost their way. It was not. The gold diggers had made it disappear.
Intrigued by the sound of engines in this desert of Bayouda, 270 km north of Khartoum, they discovered two backhoes in action. They had dug a gash 17 meters deep and 20 meters long.

In Sudan, gold diggers are damaging ancient sites

"They had only one goal in sinking here: to find gold and to save time, they used the excavators", explains, shocked, the archaeologist Habab Idriss Ahmed, who worked in 1999 on This site.

The ocher earth is streaked with tire tracks, but some are deeper. These are the trucks that transported the earthmoving equipment.

Of this site from the Meroitic period (c. 350 BC - 350 AD), which was either a housing unit or a checkpoint, almost nothing remains.

“They excavated in depth because the ground is composed of layers of sandstone and pyrite and as this rock is metallic their detector would start ringing. They thought the gold was lower, ”said Hatem al-Nour, director of Sudanese Antiquities and Museums.

Near the monstrous trench, on cylindrical-shaped sandstone stones arranged in a column, the "gold thieves" put up a rudimentary roof to use the space as a dining room.

- "Whimsical" -

But the surprise doesn't end there. "Taken to the police station, the five workers were released a few hours later and were even able to recover their equipment," plague Mahmoud al-Tayeb, ex-inspector of Antiquities.

“They should have been arrested and their machines confiscated. There are laws, ”adds the Warsaw University archeology professor, convinced that the real culprit, their employer, has a long arm. 

For the Director of Antiquities, this is not a unique case but a systematic looting of archaeological sites, such as on the island of Saï, 12 km long, between the second and third cataracts on the Nile.

There, of the hundreds of graves from all eras since prehistoric times, many have been destroyed or damaged by gold diggers.

 In fact, the latter have always existed in Sudan, Africa's third-largest gold producer, after South Africa and Ghana. The sale of gold earned the state $ 1.2 billion in 2019, according to the Central Bank.

But these researchers have become more professional. “Little in Omdourman, (near Khartoum), after the floods, I watched the inhabitants go to the banks with sieves. They were finding gold but in very small amounts, ”Tayeb says.

Then in the late 1990s, locals saw archaeologists use detectors for their research. And they were sure they were looking for gold.

“Every time we started an excavation, they would come and ask us if we had found any gold. In the popular imagination, if archaeological sites are synonymous with gold, it is because of the fanciful stories that people tell each other, ”he explains.

- "Not a priority" -

The ancient civilizations of Sudan erected more pyramids than those of Egypt, but they remain largely unknown. The archaeological site of Meroe Island, located some 200 km from Jabal Maragha, is classified by Unesco as a World Heritage Site.

What is devastating for Sudanese heritage is that local officials encourage unemployed youth to try their luck in the treasure hunt, and wealthy investors use heavy equipment.

“Of the 1,000 more or less well-known archaeological sites in Sudan, at least a hundred have been destroyed or damaged by gold diggers. There is one policeman for 30 sites and he has no qualifications, communication equipment or adequate means of transport ”, complains Mr. Nour.

Like ants, in hundreds of distant places, in cemeteries and temples, people are rummaging in the hope of improving their lives in a country in economic slump and bruised by ethnic and tribal conflicts.

For Mr. Tayeb, “the situation is out of control. The real question is the seriousness with which the state intends to preserve the heritage. But it is clear that this is not at the top of the government's priorities ".