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Qatar investing in uncovering ancient pyramids in Sudan

Qatar Museums is currently investing US$135 million on 39 archaeological projects in the former heartland of the ancient Meroitic kingdom, which sits in current day Sudan.

The Meroe pyramids.
The Meroe pyramids. Image by retlaw snellac / CC BY 2.0

Three sets of pyramids dominate the landscape there: the southern and northern pyramids, constructed for royal internments; and the western pyramids for elites and nobles. The structures garnered much attention from scholars during the late 19th century, but have been largely abandoned for the past century. So far archaeologists have conducted only nonpenetrative work, such as gradiometry, magnetometry and geophysics surveying – they are on the cusp of conducting excavations to discover new features of this ancient landscape. Read more: al-monitor.com