Blogs This page hosts the personal and project blogs of members of the International Society for Nubian Studies. Here you can find the latest results of research conducted in the Middle Nile Valley. Abasseya Project The Abasseya archaeological site, nowadays a plaza within a neighborhood of Karima, is located north-west from Jebel Barkal. The structures found in Abasseya would form of a Meroitic religious complex dated in the Second century BC. Old Dongola Expedition Dongola lies on the eastern bank of the Nile, halfway between the Third and Fourth Cataracts. It functioned for more than 1500 years, from the erection of the citadel at the end of the 5th century to the abandonment of the area in the 20th century. It was the capital of the kingdom of Makuria, and a seat of mekk of Dongola in the Funj Period. Soba Expedition Soba was a large city on the bank of the Blue Nile, with churches, monasteries, fine houses, beautiful gardens, and a district inhabited by Muslims. It was the capital of the Kingdom of Alwa (approx. 5th/6th century to the beginning of the 16th century).