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Swiss Archaeologist Makes Surprise Discovery of Round Temples After Years of Excavating in Sudan

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 7:14
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Swiss Archaeologist Makes Surprise Discovery of Round Temples After Years of Excavating in Sudan

A team of Swiss archaeologists have recently uncovered three temples in Sudan that could possibly help unlock some of the mysteries of ancient Africa, a debated topic that has long challenged experts of ancient history. The archaeologists that made the discovery now claim that the newly found temples are round and look nothing like other buildings on the planet.

The Forgotten Kingdom of Kerma

The structures are estimated to date back to 1,500 to 2,000 BC and they were discovered towards the end of 2016, close to the famous archaeological site of Kerma in northern Sudan.

The Kingdom of Kerma was an ancient civilization and historians consider it the first Nubian state. At the ancient city of Kerma, one is able to find deffufas – a type of structure unique to the ancient Nubians. The first settlement in Kerma can be traced back to the 4th millennium BC. This phase has been called ‘Pre-Kerma’.

The western deffufa in Kerma.

The western deffufa in Kerma. (CC BY 2.0) – Reconstructing the story of humanity’s past


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