1 Updates
35 pyramids found in Sudan city of the deadSudan
Photo Credit: Getty Images

35 pyramids found in Sudan city of the dead

Feb 7 2013, 2:26pm CST | by

Influenced by the grandeur of pyramids built by their Egyptian neighbors, citizens of the Kush kingdom, located in the modern country of Sudan, adopted the practice of using pyramids as part of their funerary architecture and practices. Scientists have located 35 of the small pyramids in a necropolis near the city of Sedeinga.

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-...

Filed under: news

YouTube Videos

 
 
 

1 year ago

35 pyramids found in Sudan city of the dead

Feb 7 2013, 2:26pm CST | by

Influenced by the grandeur of pyramids built by their Egyptian neighbors, citizens of the Kush kingdom, located in the modern country of Sudan, adopted the practice of using pyramids as part of their funerary architecture and practices. Scientists have located 35 of the small pyramids in a necropolis near the city of Sedeinga.

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.

Via the Christian Science Monitor .

 

Don't miss ...

 

<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/19" rel="author">Jeffrey B. Roth</a>
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.

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

Norway on alert over terrorist threat
Oslo, July 24 (IANS) The Norwegian anti-terror police Thursday said they had been informed of a planned terrorist attack against the country.
 
 
About 13 percent new mothers avoid sex
London, July 24 (IANS) Have you rejected love-making calls from your hubby after childbirth? Take heart as you have not committed a sin.
 
 
My commitment to 'vikas' stands: Hema Malini
New York, July 24 (IANS) Reacting to the criticism about her absence from her constituency Mathura, actor-politician Hema Malini claims she is "working for my people wherever I am" and that she will always stick to her commitment of facilitating progress in the Uttar Pradesh town.
 
 
Soon, grocery bags from vegetable waste
London, July 24 (IANS) Your next grocery bag can come from vegetable waste products.
 
 
 

Latest from the Network

There’s no Swatch in your future iWatch
Apple is widely expected to launch at least a couple of different iWatch models this fall, that will be laden with many sensors for fitness and health purposes, and connect to iPhones for notifications and other data....
Read more on Apple Balla
 
Norway on alert over terrorist threat
Oslo, July 24 (IANS) The Norwegian anti-terror police Thursday said they had been informed of a planned terrorist attack against the country. At a hastily-convened press conference, Alana Bjoernland, chief of Norway's...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
About 13 percent new mothers avoid sex
London, July 24 (IANS) Have you rejected love-making calls from your hubby after childbirth? Take heart as you have not committed a sin. A survey by non-profit British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) has revealed...
Read more on Apple Balla
 
My commitment to 'vikas' stands: Hema Malini
New York, July 24 (IANS) Reacting to the criticism about her absence from her constituency Mathura, actor-politician Hema Malini claims she is "working for my people wherever I am" and that she will always stick to her...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Soon, grocery bags from vegetable waste
London, July 24 (IANS) Your next grocery bag can come from vegetable waste products. Scientists have developed an eco-friendly and efficient new bioplastic using rice hulls, cocoa pod husk, spinach and parsley stems...
Read more on Apple Balla
 
Air Algerie plane missing in west Africa
Algiers, July 24 (IANS) A passenger plane of Algeria's state-run Air Algerie was Thursday reported missing 50 minutes after taking off from Ouagadougou Airport in Burkina Faso, according to media. "Air navigation...
Read more on Business Balla
 
The Rise And Fall Of NASCAR At Indy
This weekend is the latest running of NASCAR’s Brickyard 400 (officially the Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard powered by BigMachineRecords.com) at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Almost...
Read more on Auto Balla
 
Amy Winehouse's mother approves of tributes
Amy Winehouse's mother thinks cigarettes and empty alcohol bottles are ''fitting'' tributes to her daughter. Fans flocked to the late 'Back to Black' star's former London home yesterday (07.23.14) to pay their respects...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Tori Spelling hopes woes will teach children
Tori Spelling hopes her marriage problems will teach her children a lesson. The 'True Tori' star was left devastated when husband Dean McDermott - with who she has children Liam, seven, Stella, six, Hattie, two, and 22-...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Zac Efron enjoys night with Robert Pattinson
Zac Efron and Robert Pattinson were in ''really good moods'' on a night out together. The Hollywood hunks enjoyed an evening with seven pals at Pinz Bowling Alley in California, followed by drinks in nightspot Bootsy...
Read more on Celebrity Balla