Middle Nubia lies between the Second and the Third Cataracts. Modern scholars typically refer to the people from this area as the "A-Group" culture.Fertile farmland just south of the Third Cataract is known as the "pre-Kerma" culture in Upper Nubia, as they are the ancestors.The earliest known depiction of the white crown is on a ceremonial incense burner from Cemetery at Qustul in Lower Nubia".Based on a 1998 excavation report, Jane Roy has written that "At the time of Williams' argument, the Qustul cemetery and the 'royal' iconography found there was dated to the Naqada IIIA period, thus antedating royal cemeteries in Egypt of the Naqada IIIB phase.The Nubian culture may have even contributed to the unification of the Nile Valley.Toby Wilkinson, based on work by Bruce Williams in the 1980s, wrote that "The white crown, associated in historic times with Upper Egypt, is first attested later than the red crown, but is directly associated with the ruler somewhat earlier.
) is a region along the Nile river encompassing the area between Aswan in southern Egypt and Khartoum in central Sudan.
The A-Group people were engaged in trade with the Egyptians.
This trade is testified archaeologically by large amounts of Egyptian commodities deposited in the graves of the A-Group people.
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Historically, the people of Nubia spoke at least two varieties of the Nubian language group, a subfamily that includes Nobiin (the descendant of Old Nubian), Kenuzi-Dongola, Midob and several related varieties in the northern part of the Nuba Mountains in South Kordofan.