How to use the database

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Archaeological Survey of Nubia: Surviving Human Remains Database

Anyone wishing to search the database can do so using the designated search fields (pathology, trauma, period, cemetery, region etc). Alternatively, the database can be exported to an excel file showing either the data requested from a search or the complete data set. It is also possible to look at all of the surviving human remains from a particular cemetery, together with a brief cemetery profile. Further images and higher resolution versions are available on request. All requests for such material should be made to Jenefer Cockitt (

The database is currently developing alongside the work on the project, so new specimens will be added periodically. Please check regularly for updates or alternatively contact Jenefer Cockitt to be put on a mailing list to be informed when a new version is available.

Hints for searching the ASN database

  • You can view all of the entries in the database by leaving all of the search boxes empty and those with drop-down lists in their default settings and then clicking on search.
  • It is possible to export all of the database entries or just your search results to an excel spreadsheet.
  • Many body parts are listed as a specific bone because often the location of only one or two bones is now known. Use the skeleton diagram in the anatomy section of the glossary to identify the bone you are interested in and enter this in the “Body Part” search box.
  • It is possible to look up the number of bodies left in a particular cemetery by selecting the region the cemetery was located in and then choosing a cemetery number.
  • You can click on the cemetery number for each individual entry – this will display all bodies listed for that cemetery, together with a short description and any images of the area.
  • Not all of the fields in the database are visible on the search results screen – this is to make viewing easier. Click on each individual entry to view a complete record for that body.

We would be very interested to hear of any previous studies carried out on any of the ASN remains that we are unaware of or the location of any other possible remains from the first Archaeological Survey of Nubia.