The Nubian Pyramids of Sedeinga

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One of the Nubian pyramids at Sedeinga. Credit: Vincent Francigny/SEDAU.

Archaeologists discovered 35 small and densely-packed Nubian pyramids in the Kushite necropolis at Sedeinga. The 2000-year-old structures, discovered in northern Sudan, were built during the later Meroitic Kingdom of Kush, located on the southern border of independent and Roman Egypt. The Sedeigna pyramids were built over the course of centuries, as kings built more and more structures within the confines of the necropolis, resulting in the density witnessed today. Discovered alongside graves, the pyramids are up to 22 feet wide, though their height is difficult to gauge, as the decorated capstones have been quarried away. The Nubian pyramids reflect Egyptian funerary architecture, and an offering table found at the Sedeinga includes a dedication to Isis, Anubis and Osiris for a woman referred to as “Aba-la.”

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For research on the earlier Kingdom of Kush that formed Egypt’s twenty-fifth dynasty, read The Elusive Kingdom of Kush in Bible History Daily.

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