Archaeological Marvels Unearthed in Sudan
In downtown old Acropole Hotel of Khartoum, people seem to be like migrating flocks of birds. However, none of them are here to stay but to toil in the scorching heat of the desert sun. Sudan raises pictures of war, lack of stability, drought, famine and poverty, these are the images of Sudan painted to the outside World. Archaeologists from all over the world come not only to Sudan, but are also frequent visitors to the ancient empires of Nubia and Kush that formerly resembled Egypt, Rome and Greece.
The director of the French Archaeological Unit quotes, “Sudan is the only site with the essence of true archaeological finds in Africa and has more pyramids than Egypt, although they are smaller.” Mr. Rilly and his team have excavated thirty-five small pyramids over the last few years. The construction of pyramids, he pointed out, were for social merit. Most of the pyramids are built of clay and are 3 feet to 32 feet in height.
A swiss archaeologist working on the primeval culture of Kerma, Bonnet, also discovered a town in Dukki Gel which is around 1500 B.C and home to forty sculptures of black pharaohs. An archaeologist of American origin recently unearthed a previously unknown Merotic temple. According to Mr. Lobban, Archaeology in Sudan bears a number of challenges including the Gold rush in the desert that leads to illegal trading in artifacts. Geoff Emberling, an acclaimed archaeologist says that Archaeology in Sudan is picking up due to agreements with the Qatar Government. Exhibitions have been held in France and Germany to highlight the Sudanese heritage and tourism attraction in Africa.