Nubia: The Forgotten Kingdom

Nubia: The Forgotten Kingdom

2003, History  -   65 Comments
Ratings: 7.23/10 from 47 users.

Nubia: The Forgotten KingdomOnce a powerful, sprawling presence in Northern Africa, the ancient kingdom of Nubia now lies buried beneath mounds of red brick rubble in the Sudan.

Forgotten by history and largely neglected by archaeology, its cities have lain buried for centuries, harboring priceless secrets of a civilization that once rivaled Egypt.

Join world-renowned archaeologists Julie Andersen and Salah Ahmed as they unearth Dangeil - a thriving Nubian city that once sat at the juncture of several prominent trade routes.

While excavating a massive temple to the god Amun, the team makes a surprising discovery that could solve the mystery of why the city was abandoned.

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4 years ago

Nubia has always fascinated me , a wonderful civilisation.

5 years ago

Some poster above commented about how whites are obsessed with proving ancient Egyptians were white. Really? Most whites I know could really care less.
What I find humorous is how your ilk screams that ancient Egyptians were black, ancient Greeks, Romans, Vikings, Aztecs, etc according to you were all black.
Even if they were, most whites (99%) could really care less. So what's the point?

Ngalu Kaluka
7 years ago

Am a Nubian from Nuba mountains in Sudan, I am so proud for this article and the videos. It's true that Nubian kingdom was the strongest kingdom in Africa, it only collapse after egyptians and Arabs invaded Sudan from the north Sudan and after a heavy resistance from Nuba people collapse and also due colonization of Sudan by the Britians that Nubians were displaced from their ancient kingdom to their current regions which is Nuba mountains. Though Egypt had a kingdom it can less be compared to Nubian kingdom. A dream of restoring Nubian kingdom will soon be realized. PROUD TO BE A NUBIAN AND AN AFRICAN.

Dank Raven
9 years ago

Why is the quality so bad on this? Having tough time getting interested when everything has a very pixelated look :(

Steve the workers advocate
9 years ago

Civilization goes back 200 million years they have found clay pots
and human bones that date to 200 million years ago. The scientific community will not except facts that make them or their idols look like fools. Check out " The Origins of Man" on you tube with Charlton Heston. Milton they were all colors black brown lighter, the big thing people never realize was Ethiopia was as tough as Egypt, they have monuments in Egypt that tell how they pushed back the Ethiopian armies, Ethiopia has the Ark of the Covenant in one of it's churches.
All the Churches in Ethiopia have what they say is the real Ark of the Covenant. No Joke, Ethiopia has a great history.

Milton G. Wiggins III
9 years ago

Let's get this out there. The charade is over, you fooled us ha, ha but the jokes on you. The original Egyptians are black (Gee Surprise, I'd have never guess, blacks in all parts of Africa?) Just like the original Hebrews (Now called African Americans among other Afro-names during the transatlantic slavery) ((I can hear the butts puckering now)) are. Once all this stuff gets out to mainstream and they see that what has been said for at least 100 years is actually true and people become smart enough to connect the dots, there will be many difficult questions answered and more asked. Stuff like this among other things are secrets of the elites so certain groups of people stay in power. Read your Bible, read about history from legitimate sources and review archeological findings and you will see yourself that what has been told is not true.

10 years ago

honestly, the comments really ruin any enjoyment you could have of this video. a documentary should be watched without bias so you can actually learn something - if you go in with a solidified opinion, what's the point in watching? so many documentaries i have passed by based on a peer review system because people can't keep their personal thoughts separate from intellectual.

i personally loved that i came to this documentary to learn about an ancient african city & subsequent culture and the very first comment is calling "white people" "psychopaths". what does this have to do with the quality of the video posted? if an anglo-saxon came across this; would this comment make them want to learn more about a continent occupied by mostly dark skinned people or turn them completely off from opening their mind because they were already judged & lumped together based on a couple of comments on the internet.

even if only 80% of this documentary is true; the _images_ of them excavating & handling the area are absolutely true. and very few of us actually have a chance to see these areas in our life - i think it's sad to be insulted & berated upon just opening the page for wanting to know more about a certain topic.

10 years ago

The first form of long distance communication other then smoke was the Rock Gong. I love it.

10 years ago

I can't even watch it because it's somehow not working. I click the play button and nothing happens, and this only happens with the google videos not with the youtube videos. what is the deal?

Your friend in science
10 years ago

Nobody can say, with any certainty, what color or race people were 5-10,000 years ago. For that matter, the scientific evidence is scant, but accepted because the authority of experts and past scholars is accepted by the ignorant, who wish to have their own views reinforced. Peace be with all of you.

11 years ago

docs down

Alex Yedomakha
11 years ago

Its interesting but i am sorry the thing that just made me go insane was the fact that she found a piece of rock and went , yes this was a weapon ... i am sorry ANYTHING could have been a weapon and could have been able to smash up a sandstone statue to bits ... it just annoys me how they dont think outside the box...

11 years ago

ancient Egyptians were black? Most ignorant i***** think of ape like features everyone in african is black Egyptians looked like the people of axum Sudan,and somalia some may have been mixed but their features stay the same. the oldest human remains were found in Ethiopia the features of the remains look exactly like the people of the horn.

11 years ago

I am nubian :D sudanese <3

11 years ago

Fascinating stuff!

John Cury
11 years ago

If they weren’t killing each other in a perpetual civil war for the last 50 years maybe more excavations could have been done.

11 years ago

They flirt with the idea of the great knowledge of what is now called Egypt, belonging to black/melanted people, this is info that has to be fed to the public slowly. For if they gave truth all at once, the masses would be overwhelmed, and the white supremacy that comforts so many would be scathed. Let's start at least know they were not white, ok children? Nubia HAD to be one LIVE ass place though! lol

11 years ago

Why are white people so obsessed with proving to others that Egyptians were not black? Even though there is overwhelming evidence proving that they were without ARGUMENT. I'm really starting to think white people are some kind of psychopaths....I mean, I could understand a person of Arab descent arguing whether or not the Egyptians were black. But why are white people so concerned with us? It truly makes no sense...I'm telling you these psychopaths (white people) are obsessed with black people...

11 years ago

Iam Nubian proud to be from,Wadi Halfa

11 years ago

I am Nubian and i am proud to be,all these comments about my civilization are very useful things,Murad

11 years ago

realy great work show us the nuhia history thanks for u

12 years ago

As soon as the comemtators stated that the nubians were "Africans" in order to deferentiate them from Egyptians i knew couldnt watch this documentary any longer. In case the commentator doesnt know this, but egyptians were and are Africans too. Perhaps he was more specifically hoping to stress the ridiculous point that Egyptians were "not" black Africans , a claim which i do not happen to accept due to the overwhelming evidence that proves quite the contrary. All people of acient african history were black africans except for the time when eygpt was invavded by arabs much later.

12 years ago

A very well made documentary. The well placed music and narration makes it that much more fascinating!
great job!
I simply loved watching it and i was also able to learn so much at the same time. As a film student myself, i look forward to making such great documentaries myself in the future :)

12 years ago

What is the meaning of the name Egypt? Was or is Egypt in Africa? was or is what you call Nubia in Africa? were ancient egyptians black or white? What race were the people of Nubia? Is it a problem to admit that ancient Egyptians were not anly africans but NEGROES meaning what people call: BLACKS?

12 years ago

This region wasn't always the desert it is now. At Nubian times it was all green, the scattered locations of the monuments indicate that movements between one site to another was not as difficult as it is now. The Nubians,who were a strong empire had a choice of locations, if the land was as harsh as it is now, they would not have stayed where they are.

I repeat the comment from above, Egypt and Nubia are both black civilizations and so were the early Greeks, man started life in Africa, therefore we are all African, so no need for all this bickering we are all relatives on one another and all from African decent.

I am not sure whether the civilization was destroyed by an invasion or as result of desertification. Perhaps it might have been the Nubians who destroyed their temples as they moved North/ South/ East and West of the Sudan.

12 years ago

It's just a drop of the iceberg talks about the history of the Nubian civilization

12 years ago




12 years ago

thank you for this website to who ever runs and owns it.

phil atio
12 years ago

@tarhaqa, yes the focus of classical civilization in universities is on greek and romans but that is how european historians define classical. Most prestegious universities also have african studies as well, I know harvard does. I guess classical refers to Greeks because the romans basically copied greek civilization and much of its culture so that is why it is classical. Minoians are completly left out and so is most of europe.

I also agree that most of the books in university about africa are incredibly anti african for lack of a better word. They describe Africa from the perspective of 18th-19th century white people who held obviously racist views as everyone back then was racist in europe/america/ historical academia.

I am impressed by all the things you are saying because I'm open minded and had no clue you can continue if you want, I find it interesting.

Of course european scholars are not going to focus on Africa because they are european, they have racial or they would say national biases to study their own countries

Taharqa (Conqueror of Egypt)
12 years ago

@ Kebra Negusa
Oh and that's why the Moor known as "OTHELLO" the main character portrayed in Shakespeare's "OTHELLO" was portrayed by an African as well...LoL... Oh I mean the main character (Sir Laurence Olivier) played Othello in a black face.....LoooL. They could not have a real African character for that role unfortunately due to racism so they colored him black. Really black...LoL!!
In fact the first Hollywood movie "OTHELLO" surprisingly depicted him in his true nature as well. I think the main character was Lawrence Fishburne.
Now I don't think that's a mere coincidence since Sir Laurence Olivier was colored black representing a moor as well as Sidney Poitier in " The Long Ships "...LoL
Now according to the mandinke manuscripts now found in TIMBUKTU which were hidden from the invading Moroccans, it is said that most of the noble men and high officials during the Moorish invasion of Spain came from the Ghana Empire which later was conquered by the Mali Empire.

Oh and by the way the manuscripts now re-emerging in TIMBUKTU from descendants of the Mali Empire who hid them deep in the sand from the Moroccans will take at least 50 - 75 years until we decipher all the information found within.

True Knowledge and not Aryan Model based Knowledge is power my friend!!!

Taharqa (Conqueror of Egypt)
12 years ago

@ Kebra Negusa
Let me set the record straight my friend!!!
You said you are descendant of the African race. You are right!!!
The Human race or African race PERIOD...LoL
Now other GROUPS genetically developed by migrating out of Africa.

Now you said " I believe Europe could not have pasted into it’s awakening periods (Greeks- egyptian/Kemet:Dark Ages- The Moors of southern Spain) without the Dark Man and all of his simplifications of lifes orders." Now I don't exactly know what you meant by that but all I know is that the moors where a mixture of two groups of people(Africans and Arabs PERIOD who had numerous WHITE slaves.
To my greatest surprise, I believe Al Mansur the most popular and heroic MOOR figure was portrayed in his NATURAL STATE in a Hollywood movie called " The Long Ships " produced in 1964. The main character AL Mansur was played by Sidney Poitier, an African by the way. Now the rest of the plot was totally jacked up and distorted, but they at least represented him rightfully in his true nature...LoL
Enough said

Taharqa (Conqueror of Egypt)
12 years ago

@ phil ation

well I think what Fellgium meant to say is there is not enough attention given to quintessential or classical African History. Most of the stuff you learn in school or in "Prestigious Universities" about Africa are straight from GOOGLE. You would always hear something like "Neolithical to Classical Period" regarding Greece or Rome.
I wonder sometimes what's so classic about that period that other civilizations did not have. In most University history departments you will see that only Rome and Greece will feature in the classics department.
Now IMO most history books about Africa especially in the U.S. and Europe need to be BANNED because they not only are very limited in true knowledge but are usually biased and neglect important aspects such as the science, medicine and cosmology.
Most Classical West African civilizations like the DOGON empire had mastered astronomy and had a present day calender long before Greece or Rome.
East African civilisations like the KILWA where the first to have mastered Iron smelting technology using one stage process, burning less fuel.
The Mali Empire was performing eye cataract surgery long before the rest of the world caught on.
The Banyoro surgeons in Kenya (east Africa) were performing the cesarean surgery perfectly and successfully long time before the Europeans. These afrikans had developed their own anesthetics and their own antiseptics.
The actual knife used in one of the caesarian operation witnessed for the first time by Dr. R. W. Fellkini was presented to the late Sir Henry Wellcome and is now in the
Wellcome Historical Medical Museum.
The Nubians (Ancient Sudan) had mastered the art of perfecting gold artifacts which were highly regarded and purchased by the Northern Africans of Kemet (Ancient Egypt).
The list goes on and on and on. If I were to go in detail about that I could be writing for years!!!!!!!
They say Africa has no written history...LoL now that is absolutely ridiculous...People got to remember that when Rome conquered the British around 40s AD the natives from theses lands couldn't read or write.
The British had no ancient script at all!!!!
The Dutch had no ancient script.
The GERMANS had no script.
The French had no script.
The only Europeans with any known script were the Celtic script, the Russian script, the Roman script and the Early Phoenicians' script. The rest were illiterate.
Africa had long time developed the Mande script, Vah script, Farca script, Akan script, Ge'ez script(Ethiopic).
Meroitic script, originated at qustul at the edge of the sudan at least 200 years before the 1st Egyptian Dynasty. Now isn't that something...But based on the Aryan Model knowledge you will never hear this or if you do it will probably be reversed...LoL!!!
Enough Said!!!

12 years ago

Well. I am very pleased to look at this site and all of the videos presented. However, being a descendent of the African race; I am very proud to have this documentery out there. I am always amazed how the structure of life keeps African life down. The world is only worried about the victor's and rarely does truth come out about Mother Africa. I believe Europe could not have pasted into it's awakening periods (Greeks- egyptian/Kemet:Dark Ages- The Moors of southern Spain) without the Dark Man and all of his simplifications of lifes orders. Truth crushed to earth will raise again; Our people perish for a lack of knowledge. I once read; "The ultimate thing to withhold from someone; is not property or goods, but to withhold knowledge" This docu serves the greater good of all respectable parties. Reality must be realized by the makers of all life and technologies.

phil ation
12 years ago

I don't know what some people on this board are talking about. Unless you come from somewhere that neevr taught about ancient egypt then I have no clue how you can have no exposure to ancient african civilizations.
@Fellgium dei
"it almost seems as if African civs are systematically ignored or left unmentioned."
I don't think that is true but I do notice that ancient egypt tends to overshadow other ancient african civilizations but for obvious reasons

12 years ago

We need more documentary like this that shows the richness of humanity and its diversity. Thank you for bringing part of our history. I share the words of TRUTHSEEKER :Seems it would be in their best interest to maintain that the majority of Africa was (and is) uncivilized.
Happy, Healthy and Truthful 2011!!

12 years ago

Gee isn't it interesting how we never learned THIS from our European "historians". Seems it would be in their best interest to maintain that the majority of Africa was (and is) uncivilized. Damn dirty apes!!!
Hey VLATKO thanks again for all the hard work you continue to invest in this site. I think I speak for a lot of us LIFERS when I say thank you and have a safe, happy New Year!

12 years ago

Great documentary!

12 years ago

Awesome! Thank you for posting.

12 years ago

A fascinating ancient empire.


12 years ago

a m a z i n g

Flagellum Dei
12 years ago

Oooh! looking forward to this doc. Nubia/Axum are indeed largely forgotten or ignored. Indeed, it almost seems as if African civs are systematically ignored or left unmentioned. Great empires, such as Mali, were once some of the wealthiest and most powerful in the world.
This has got to be one of the best websites out there. Kudos and keep up the good work!