Pyramids, graves unearthed in Sudan

Researchers found 35 small pyramids clustered tightly together at a site called Sedeinga.

Researchers have discovered at least 35 small pyramids clustered together in the fields of Sudan.

Between 2009 and 2012, surprised researchers uncovered pyramid after pyramid, all dating back about 2,000 years, Discovery reported.

But the pyramids were not alone. Researchers simultaneously discovered graves at the site, called Sedeinga.

Discovery reported the largest of the pyramids was about 22 feet wide at the base, while the smallest was just 30 inches wide.

PURPOSE OF PYRAMIDS

The small pyramid may have been constructed for the burial of a child, Discovery reported.

In fact, all the pyramids in Sudan were probably influenced by Egyptian funeral practices. The report said the pyramids were constructed at a time when the kingdom of Kush thrived in what is now Sudan. That kingdom's borders butted up against Egypt.

The researchers believe pyramid building in Kush went on for centuries, as evidenced by the shocking density of the discovered architecture.

According to Discovery, in one area only slightly larger than a basketball court, researchers found 13 pyramids.

The article said the pyramids' builders continued constructing them until they ran out of room.

Many of the pyramids had graves beside them. However, Discovery reported, most of them had been plundered long before the researchers got to them.

Among the objects that remained to be unearthed were skeletal remains, artifacts and an offering table depicting the goddess Isis and the god Anubis.

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