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With Discovery of Pyramids more can be Learned about Ancient Kingdom of Kush



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A remarkable discovery has been made at a site in Sudan called Sedeinga. Archeologists have uncovered at least 35 pyramids at this location, along with ancient graves.

According to Live Science, the pyramids were all found between the years of 2009 and 2012. Experts estimate the pyramids are about 2,000 years old and date back to a time when a kingdom called Kush "flourished" in Sudan.

History indicates in ancient times Kush shared a border with Egypt and, at one time, the Roman Empire.  In 2007, the New York Times posted a piece that described how researchers were actively trying to ascertain the kingdom's history before it disappeared. Much of what is known about Kush in the modern day comes from neighboring Egyptian accounts. It seems the Kush residents did not leave much behind in terms of documentation.

What is known is that it was a large kingdom and it also had gold.

According to the Times article, Kush rose from 2000 B.C. to 1500 B.C., and had either control or influence over a vast portion of the Nile Valley, a 750-mile stretch.

The pyramids are also very compact, being close in proximity. RT described the pyramid layout in the African nation as being "heaped together".

The density of the pyramids is huge," researcher Vincent Francigny, a research associate with the American Museum of Natural History in New York, said in an interview with Live Science. "Because it lasted for hundreds of years they built more, more, more pyramids and after centuries they started to fill all the spaces that were still available in the necropolis."

The cluster of pyramids provides researchers with some information that sheds light upon the ancient civilization, including its culture's preferences and customs.

For instance, there are visible carvings and also jewelry and other items were found in the graves. In some cases, they were able to make out inscriptions and decipher meanings.

Unfortunately, however, many of the graves have been robbed over the thousands of years. Experts believe the plundering may have even taken place back in ancient times.

At the time the 2007 New York Times article was written, it was believed that the Kush Kingdom did not leave much behind to help modern society unravel the mysteries. However, with this amazing find of pyramids and graves, perhaps some substantial pieces of the puzzle can now be put together.

Live Science has posted some amazing photos that show the pyramids in great detail.

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