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Nuri, Sudan

Pyramids of Nuri, Sudan.
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Nuri, Sudan

Nuri, Sudan

Statuettes found at Nuri.

In Ancient Upper Nubia, burial ground for a period for almost 400 years, 690-308 BCE.
It is a few kilometres east of modern Karima, northern Sudan, on the southern bank of Nile river, 25 km southwest of the 4th cataract and a few kilometres northeast of ancient Napata.
Nuri had 21 king pyramids and 53 pyramids of queens and princes, the latter in . Pyramids at Nuri were larger than at al-Kurru. Chapels were on the eastern side of the pyramid, and were, contrary to at al-Kurru, decorated. The inner sections were usually made up of 3 chambers. Bodies were mummified before placed inside anthropoid coffins and placed in the centre of the tomb. Tombs were filled with a high number of shabti (servant) figures, and many other sorts of funerary offerings.
Taharqa's pyramid was the largest, reaching 40 or 50 metres, while the largest of the rest were between 20 and 30 metres. Taharqa's pyramid was first completed at an height of slightly more than 20 metres, before a second pyramid was built outside it. The angle was an incredible 69° (original Egyptian pyramids had angles of around 52°). The inner chambers of Taharqa's tomb are also the most elaborate among the Nubian pyramids. 6 massive pillars were carved directly from the rock. It has many similarities with the Osireion at Abydos. In Taharqa's pyramid, 1,070 shabti figures were found.
The second largest pyramid here was of King Aspelta, great-grandson of Taharqa, one of the first Cushite rulers not to control territory in Egypt. Aspelta was placed in huge granite sarcophagi, weighing some 15 tons, with a lid of 4 tons.

By Tore Kjeilen