Musawwarat es-Sufra is one of the most fascinating and unique archaeological sites of Sudan. It was a large ceremonial centre of the ancient Kingdom of Kush, located away from the Nile in a picturesque valley surrounded by low sandstone mountains. Many of its monumental architectural structures are still well-preserved, among them the earliest known temple for the indigenous lion-headed god Apedemak or the labyrinthine building complex of the Great Enclosure with its numerous temples, ramps, corridors and courtyards.
Since 1960 Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Germany) has been running a long-term research and conservation project at Musawwarat in cooperation with the National Corporation for Antiquities and Museums (NCAM) and with the help of the local community of pastoralists. This film follows the archaeological team during their research and preservation work at this Sudanese and UNESCO World Heritage site in early 2020 and begins to tell the (hi)stories of Musawwarat.