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U of C archaeologist to receive ‘Order of the Two Niles’

June 23, 2006

Dr. Peter Shinnie, a University of Calgary professor emeritus and former department head, will receive Sudan’s ‘Order of the Two Niles’ in a presentation by the Sudanese ambassador to Canada on Saturday, June 24.

All media are invited to attend the event, which will take place at about 9 am in the Rozsa Centre on the U of C campus. Faiza Taha, Sudan’s ambassador to Canada, will present the award, which is one of Sudan’s highest distinctions.

Shinnie is being honoured for long and meritorious service in the Sudan, particularly for his archaeological research at the site of Meroe (pronounced Merowi), the capital of the first civilization of Black Africa, which dates from roughly 500 BC to 500 AD. Shinnie has written the standard text on the subject and quite recently produced the last of a series of scholarly volumes on his excavations.

The Order of the Two Niles is named after the Blue Nile and the White Nile rivers, which join at the city of Khartoum, Sudan’s capital.

The presentation is part of the Society of Africanist Archaeologists 2006 conference, taking place at the U of C.

To arrange an interview with Dr. Shinnie, contact Dr. Nic David, the conference program chair, at 932-6569.

For more information on the conference, see: http://homepages.ucalgary.ca/~safaconf/SAFA/home.htm

WHAT:
Presentation of Sudan’s ‘Order of the Two Niles,’ one of the
country’s highest distinctions

WHO: Dr. Peter Shinnie, U of C archaeologist and professor emeritus,
and Faiza Taha, Sudan’s ambassador to Canada

WHEN:
Saturday, June 24, about 9 am

WHERE:
The Rozsa Centre, University of Calgary campus.

For a map of campus, see www.ucalgary.ca/map

For more information, contact Dr. Nic David, program chair for the SafA 2006 conference, at 932-6569.

 

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