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Dams Along Sudanese Nile Threaten Ancient Sites

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Science  25 May 2012:
Vol. 336, Issue 6084, pp. 967-968
DOI: 10.1126/science.336.6084.967

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Sudanese officials said last week that their government intends to move ahead with three massive dams along the Nile River and its tributaries, threatening hundreds of largely unexplored ancient sites. Archaeologists are gearing up to record and save what they can, but they fear being drawn into a political dispute over the controversial multibillion-dollar projects, which aim to generate electricity and expand agriculture in struggling Sudan. Engineers and archaeologists gathered at the British Museum in London for a sometimes-stormy emergency meeting designed to alert scientists to the impending cultural-heritage crisis.