The Berber-Abidiya archaeological project
- Dr Salah eldin Mohamed Ahmed, Director of Field Work, National Corporation for Antiquities and Museums, Sudan
- Institute for Bioarchaeology
- Michela Schiff Giorgini Foundation of the
- National Corporation for Antiquities and Museums, Sudan
- Anonymous donor
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The site: kiosk
A processional way led from the gate into the temenos enclosure through a kiosk or barque station up to the temple’s main pylon entrance. The kiosk would have served as a rest station for the god when he left the temple in his sacred barque during festivals and processions.
The rectangular kiosk had a sandstone flagstone floor and was built of engaged columns connected by screen walls. Numerous fragments of painted lime plaster were recovered during excavation. This enabled much of the structure’s original appearance to be reconstructed.
A cornice decorated with alternating candy stripes of red and blue enclosed within yellow borders crowned the structure while the walls were yellow accented by red and blue stripes and the columns were blue. Like the temple, this was a brightly decorated structure that would have stood out in striking contrast to its surroundings.