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Sudan’s First Railway: The Gordon Relief Expedition and The Dongola Campaign. By D.A. Welsby. Sudan Archaeological Research Society, Publication No. 19. Department of Ancient Egypt and the Sudan, British Museum, London, 2011, xiii + 149 pp. ISBN 978-1-901169-1-89. £ 22.00 (Paperback).

Sudan’s First Railway: The Gordon Relief Expedition and The Dongola Campaign. By D.A. Welsby.... Book Review The Victorian army left its mark across several continents but few of its material legacies have been so carefully examined, documented, and splendidly photographed as they have been in this volume. Derek Welsby has compiled an elegant account of the history of the first Sudanese railway, initially constructed as part of the abortive Gordon relief expedition (1884­85) and then extended during the Dongola campaign (1896) when Major-General Horatio Herbert Kitchener began his reconquest of the Sudan. Derek Welsby with his team of archaeologists and inspectors have also made a survey and a photographic record of the remains of the surviving railway embankment and associated structures, and collected finds on the surface, which have been deposited with the Sudan National Museum in Khartoum. The project was undertaken over nine days in February 2008, followed by another visit in 2010, and it has produced a timely record as much of the railway and its installations have been damaged or destroyed. Locals have removed the rails and sleepers from the line, and the girders from bridges; the construction of the Dongola to Wadi Halfa tarmac road has caused considerable damage in certain sectors. Nevertheless Welsby found that it was http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of African Archaeology Brill

Sudan’s First Railway: The Gordon Relief Expedition and The Dongola Campaign. By D.A. Welsby. Sudan Archaeological Research Society, Publication No. 19. Department of Ancient Egypt and the Sudan, British Museum, London, 2011, xiii + 149 pp. ISBN 978-1-901169-1-89. £ 22.00 (Paperback).

Journal of African Archaeology , Volume 10 (2): 225 – Oct 25, 2012

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© Copyright 2012 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1612-1651
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Book Review The Victorian army left its mark across several continents but few of its material legacies have been so carefully examined, documented, and splendidly photographed as they have been in this volume. Derek Welsby has compiled an elegant account of the history of the first Sudanese railway, initially constructed as part of the abortive Gordon relief expedition (1884­85) and then extended during the Dongola campaign (1896) when Major-General Horatio Herbert Kitchener began his reconquest of the Sudan. Derek Welsby with his team of archaeologists and inspectors have also made a survey and a photographic record of the remains of the surviving railway embankment and associated structures, and collected finds on the surface, which have been deposited with the Sudan National Museum in Khartoum. The project was undertaken over nine days in February 2008, followed by another visit in 2010, and it has produced a timely record as much of the railway and its installations have been damaged or destroyed. Locals have removed the rails and sleepers from the line, and the girders from bridges; the construction of the Dongola to Wadi Halfa tarmac road has caused considerable damage in certain sectors. Nevertheless Welsby found that it was

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