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October 30, 2015

The Pyramids of Sudan

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We've all heard of Egypt's pyramids, but what about those of Sudan?

They've survived in the African desert for 3,000 years and they're absolutely spectacular.

These pyramids were built by Nubians, the rulers of the ancient Kushite kingdoms situated in today’s Sudan. 

Approximately 255 pyramids were constructed over a period of a few hundred years to serve as tombs for the kings and queens of the area.

They are much smaller than the Egyptian pyramids.

All of the pyramid tombs of Nubia were plundered in ancient times and all of the jewelry and valuable possessions stolen; however, archaeologists have discovered bows, quivers of arrows, archers' thumb rings, horse harnesses, wooden boxes, furniture, pottery, colored glass, metal vessels, and many other artifacts which helped them date and frame the pyramids into a historical context.

Said National Geographic Society engineer and drone pilot Alan Turchik, "I can fly over and gain this connection between all the other burial sites, between the pyramid and the temple, and get an understanding of what that is from the air."

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[via National Geographic]

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