Stamp Set: Archaeological Research of the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Sudan Excavations Musawwarat
- Historische Bezeichnung: Deutsche Demokratische Republik (Land)
Egyptologist Fritz Hintze (1915–1993) led the Humboldt-Universität's first field-research projects in Sudan. As the young GDR sought recognition under international law, relations with the north-east African Republic of Sudan, founded in 1956, were important to it at a foreign-policy level. It financed extensive excavations at the ancient sacred Cushitic site of Musawwarat es-Sufra and the reconstruction of the Lion or Apedemak Temple. Today the site is part of the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. HU is still active here in the fields of research and cultural preservation. The special stamps document the completion, of the 1960s work.