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The Frontiers of the Ottoman World$
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A.C.S. Peacock

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264423

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264423.001.0001

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Ottoman Suakin 1541–1865: Lost and Found

Ottoman Suakin 1541–1865: Lost and Found

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The Frontiers of the Ottoman World






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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

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