Professor Matthieu Honegger teaches at the Institute of Archaeology, University of Neuchâtel in Switzerland. He is also the head of the “Protection and valorization of the archaeological heritage of Kerma project”, supported by the Qatar-Sudan archaeological project. His most recent publication was included in Quaternary Science Review 130 and covered “Human occupations and environmental changes in the Nile valley during the Holocene: The case of Kerma in Upper Nubia (northern Sudan).”
The lecture he presented was entitled: “Twenty years of archaeological research on the origins of Kerma, the first kingdom of Nubia (Northern Sudan)”. The lecture addressed the question of the climatic variations, the adoption of being an economy based on the stock breeding, and subsequently on the adoption of agriculture, before dealing with the interactions with Egypt and the emergence of a first elite in a period contemporary with the VIth dynasty.