Nuri Royal Cemetery

August 21, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Karima Pyramid SilhouetteKarima Pyramid SilhouettePyramids near Karima in Northern Sudan silhoutted against the setting sun. These pyramids were built in the 8th Century BCE near the temple known as Jebel Barkal that was built in the 15th Centruy BC by the Egyptian and dedicated to the god Amun.

For most people, the word "pyramid" is synonymous with "Egypt" but northern Sudan is also home to many ancient pyramids as well.  One cluster of pyramids is located at the Kushite royal cemetery at Nuri.  Located a few kilometers from Karima and very near Jebel Barkal and Meroe, the cemetery at Nuri was established in the Seventh Century BC.  The cemetery contains 19 royal tombs, including that of the Napatan king Taharqa.  Taharqa was ruled during the Nubian Dynasty and controlled and area from the confluence of the Nile in Khartoum to the Phoenician ports in present-day Lebanon.

 

Nuri PyramidsNuri PyramidsSome of the pyramids at the royal cemetary in Nuri, near the present-day city of Karima, Sudan. The Nuri cemetery was started about 664 BCE and contains the tombs of 20 kings and 54 queens. The pyramids ranged from about 20 to 40 meters in height.

The pyramids in Nuri are remarkably accessible and you can easily walk among them or even climb up them.  They are not as large as the Great Pyramid in Egypt, but for me, the fact that they are weather-beaten and being consumed by the sand really accentuated the fact that they are over 2500 years old.

There is not much information on the pyramids of Nuri on the internet, most Google results take you to stock photos of the pyramids.  My information came from the very useful Bradt Travel Guide to Sudan.  You can find an excerpt from the book on line in Google Books.  I am very fond of the Bradt Guide, which has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that they used some of my photos from Sudan : )

 

Karima PyramidsKarima PyramidsOne of the pyramids near Karima in Northern Sudan. These pyramids were built in the 8th Century BCE near the temple known as Jebel Barkal that was built in the 15th Centruy BC by the Egyptian and dedicated to the god Amun.

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Karima PyramidsKarima PyramidsSome of the pyramids near Karima in Northern Sudan. These pyramids were built in the 8th Century BCE near the temple known as Jebel Barkal that was built in the 15th Centruy BC by the Egyptian and dedicated to the god Amun.


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