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Ottoman Suakin 1541–1865: Lost and Found

MICHAEL MALLINSON, LAURENCE SMITH, COLIN BREEN, WES FORSYTHE and JACKE PHILLIPS

in The Frontiers of the Ottoman World

Published by British Academy

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780197264423
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734793 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197264423.003.0024

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Ottoman Suakin 1541–1865: Lost and Found

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The island town of Suakin (Ott. Sevvakin) was one of the major Red Sea ports and, for a short period, the capital of the Ottoman eyelet of Habes. It lies 60 kilometres south of present-day Port Sudan, and has recently been the subject of a Sudanese-British collaborative archaeological project focusing on three main areas of research: archaeological study of the development of the settlement, architectural study of the ruins, and the future protection of the place as a cultural site. This chapter summarises the aspects of the project reflecting Suakin's Ottoman history. The study identifies material confirming the activities that led to this prosperity, namely trade. The archaeological evidence recovered in the recent excavations does support the existence of a wide-ranging trade network into which Suakin was linked from the earlier Ottoman period, covering neighbouring areas but also extending to east and south-east Asia.

Keywords: Suakin; Red Sea ports; site history; archaeology; Ottoman period; port trade

Chapter.  8489 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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