Part of the eastern town wall
Architectural remains of the Ramesside temple, visible on the surface

British Museum Expedition to Amara West

Amara West was the seat of the Egyptian administration of upper Nubia, or Kush, from the reign of Seti I (1306-1290 BC) onwards, and came to be known as the ‘house of Ramses beloved of Amun’. Excavations by the Egypt Exploration Society in 1938-1939 and 1947-1950 uncovered a stone temple decorated in the reign of Ramses II, with later additions. Two areas of the surrounding town, set within a mudbrick enclosure wall, were also excavated.

The British Museum recommenced archaeological fieldwork at Amara West in 2008, with the permission of the National Corporation of Antiquities and Museums in Sudan. For further information, please visit

It is intended that the database of all records (finds, drawings, context sheets) will be made here available in due course.