Sunday, February 10, 2013

New group of Pyramids discovered at Sedeinga

A small gravesite in the ancient kingdom of Kush has been recently discovered.  Kush was a flourishing kingdom 3,000 years ago located in what today is Sudan.  It shared a border with powerful Egypt and trading between the two was very common.  The pyramid influence is evident.

The sight has been named Sedeinga and contains 35 pyramid-like sites along with graves.  Studies are ongoing to determine if they 35 clustered remains are actually pyramid like tributes or actually homesites.  The pyramids are densely packed together. According to researchers, the biggest pyramids discovered at Sedeinga are about seven meters wide at their base. The smallest, likely constructed for the burial of a child, is only ¾ of a meter long.

Kush was a dominant kingdom when Egpyt weakened during the Second Intermediate Period (~1650 BCE), but was pushed aside when Egypt was reunited by the 18th Dynasty.  Kush has also been known as Nubia (Land of Gold).