Site - Sodmein Playa


Sodmein Playa

Open Air   geoscience, archaeology   E 33.943, N 26.232  
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Description

During surveying activities of wadi terraces a new archaeological site “Sodmein Playa” 14/01 was discovered around 3 km south-west of Sodmein Cave. Sodmein Playa is located behind a linear terrace remnant, which is elevated up to 2 m above the present wadi floor. In this rather protected geomorphological situation – between numerous hills of Nubian Sandstone – a small former lake basin was found. On the surface a concentration of Middle Stone Age (MSA) artefacts, which seem to weather was observed. Sodmein Playa is the first open air-site in the Eastern Desert of Egypt that demonstrates Pleistocene human occupation in association with a lacustrine environment.

Campaigns

  • Autumn campaign subproject A1 (2014)

    Discovery during archaeological survey and test excavation
  • Autumn campaign subproject A1 (2016)

    Re-investigation and expanded geoarchaeological survey in surrounding
  • Autumn campaign subproject A1 (2017)

    The joint fieldtrip between members of the Egyptian Mineral and Resources Authority (EMRA) and Collaborative Research Centre 806 (CRC, University of Cologne) to Wadi Sodmein and Gebel Duwi Area in the Eastern Desert of Egypt was conducted between the 24.11. - 02.12.2017. Sampling for Micromorphology, Sedimentology as well as OSL-dating was done at Sodmein Playa in order to get a better understanding of site formation processes and the environmental history of this site.
  • Spring campaign subproject A1 (2018)

    The joint fieldtrip between members of the Egyptian Mineral and Resources Authority (EMRA) and Collaborative Research Centre 806 (CRC, University of Cologne) to Wadi Sodmein and Gebel Duwi Area in the Eastern Desert of Egypt was conducted between the 07.03. – 10.3.2018. Sampling at Sodmein Playa was focused on quartz boulders at the terraces (Project F2), sedimentology, as well as Palaeomagnetic dating (Project F6).