Feb 7 2013, 2:26pm CST | by Jeffrey B. Roth
SEDEINGA, Sudan – At a necropolis in the Sudan, researchers have discovered at least 35 small pyramids, believed to have been built 2,000 years ago.
Vincent Francigny, a research associate and post-doctoral fellow of African Ethnology Anthropology with the American Museum of Natural History, New York, in an interview with LiveScience, said the small pyramids that are part of a large grave site were built when the kingdom of Kush, controlled that part of the African nation. The Kush people were influenced by Egyptian pyramids and constructed their own adopting the architecture as part of their funeral customs.
While dwarfed by Egyptian pyramids, the biggest Sudan pyramid is about 22 feet wide, some of them featured a circular inner cupola connected to the structure's corners by cross-braces. The smallest found, only 30 inches wide at the base, was probably built for a child's burial. After 2,000 years, the tops or apex of the pyramids, were damaged and eroded by wind and weather.
The practice, Francigny, who is the excavation director of the French Archaeological Mission there, said, became popular and over hundreds of years, more pyramids were built covering the entire area of the cemetery. The pyramids were discovered between 2009 and 2012.
Jeffrey B. Roth
A multi-award winning writer, Jeffrey B. Roth is a well-known investigative reporter, who covers crime, law, politics, sciences, business, medicine, education, history and a wide range of other topics. In 2010, Roth won first place for a new series in the Keystone Press Awards, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association. A published short story writer and poet, Roth is listed in the Locus Index of Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors. Currently, Roth writes for CBS Philadelphia, CBS Baltimore, the Philadelphia Examiner and regional publications, including Carroll Magazine, Carroll Business Quarterly and Hagerstown Magazine to name a few. In the past, Roth, a former crisis intervention counselor and teacher, has written for numerous Pennsylvania newspapers, state and national magazines and the Associated Press. He lives in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, west of Gettysburg, Pa.
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