Record floods in Sudan have threatened sites housing the royal pyramids of Meroe and Nuri, two of the country’s most important archaeological areas.
The Royal Valley at Meroe, a basin that fills during the annual flooding of the Nile, is at risk from unprecedented water levels and teams have been working to protect the historic site from being swamped.
Meroe is an ancient city on the East Bank of the Nile River, about 200 km North East of the capital, Khartoum. Meroe was the capital of Cush dynasty that ruled from the early 6th century B.C.
At Nuri, about 350 km North of Khartoum, tombs buried 7 to 10 meters underneath pyramids have been affected by a dramatic rise in ground water.
The Nuri pyramids include the tomb of Taharqua, who ruled over lands in modern-day Sudan and Egypt, in the 7th century B.C. These invaluable historic relics are at risk in this unprecedented flooding.
Floods in Sudan have left over a hundred people dead and many tens of thousands of homes destroyed, or damaged.
Dr. Peter Hammond
P.O. Box 74 Newlands 7725
Cape Town South Africa
To understand the history of Sudan, obtain, Faith Under Fire in Sudan (320 pages, 200 pictures) also available as an E-book.
An Overview of History in Sudan
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