Skip to main content
    • Aa
    • Aa

From holes to huts: reconstructing an extinct type of architecture at the Sixth Nile Cataract

  • Ladislav Varadzin (a1), Lenka Varadzinová (a2) and Jan Pacina (a3)

Evidence for light architecture characteristic of mobile and semi-mobile societies is difficult to detect archaeologically. This article investigates such evidence in the form of narrow cylindrical holes discovered on rock walls at the archaeological site of Sphinx, in the Sixth Nile Cataract (central Sudan). Using innovative experimental reconstruction, these holes are interpreted as features associated with wooden pole-built structures, some of which may have been dwellings. This research highlights a significant category of North African archaeological evidence which has, to date, received limited attention.

Corresponding author
*Author for correspondence (Email:
Linked references
Hide All

This list contains references from the content that can be linked to their source. For a full set of references and notes please see the PDF or HTML where available.

L.R. Binford 1980. Willow smoke and dogs’ tails: hunter-gatherer settlement systems and archaeological site formation. American Antiquity 45: 420.

R. Cribbs 1991. Nomads in archaeology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

R. Kuper & S. Kröpelin . 2006. Climate-controlled Holocene occupation in the Sahara: motor of Africa's evolution. Science 313: 803807.

R.F. Peel 1942. The Tibu peoples and the Libyan Desert. The Geographical Journal 100: 7387.

L. Varadzinová Suková , L. Varadzin , A. Bajer , L. Lisá , J. Pacina & P. Pokorný . 2015. Tracing post-depositional processes at Mesolithic occupation sites in central Sudan: view from the site of Sphinx (SBK.W-60) at Jebel Sabaloka. Interdisciplinaria Archaeologica: Natural Sciences in Archaeology VI (2): 133–50.

F. Wendorf & R. Schild . 1998. Nabta Playa and its role in northeastern African prehistory. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 17: 97123.

Recommend this journal

Email your librarian or administrator to recommend adding this journal to your organisation's collection.

  • ISSN: 0003-598X
  • EISSN: 1745-1744
  • URL: /core/journals/antiquity
Please enter your name
Please enter a valid email address
Who would you like to send this to? *



Altmetric attention score

Full text views

Total number of HTML views: 16
Total number of PDF views: 49 *
Loading metrics...

Abstract views

Total abstract views: 468 *
Loading metrics...

* Views captured on Cambridge Core between 5th June 2017 - 26th September 2017. This data will be updated every 24 hours.