Nuri Royal Cemetery
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.
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 : )
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