Amara West was the administrative capital of Upper Nubia. The site is located on the west bank of the Nile between the Second and Third Cataracts in northern Sudan. The garrison town was originally situated on an alluvial island in the Nile but the second channel situated to the north of the settlement has since silted up.
The mudbricked walled town is comprised of densely packed mudbrick buildings, including large-scale storage places, houses of various sizes (from 50 to 500m²) and structures of unclear function. Three gates provided entry to the town, with the north eastern one leading into a temple built from poor quality local sandstone. The town is encircled by two cemetery areas, Cemetery C to the north-east and Cemetery D to the north-west.
Spencer, Patricia 2002. Amara West II: The cemetery and the pottery corpus. Egypt Exploration Society, Excavation Memoir 69. London: Egypt Exploration Society.
Spencer, Patricia 1997. Amara West I: the architectural report. Egypt Exploration Society, Excavation Memoir 63. London: Egypt Exploration Society.