Sudan – Archaeological Sites of the Island of Meroe
Archaeologists in Sudan have reopened an ancient pyramid and extracted bones and artefacts, in order to carry out further examination including DNA tests.
The items were found in one of three burial chambers in Meriotic pyramid number 9 in Bajarawiya, a UNESCO World Heritage site where a king from the Nubian period is believed to be buried.
“Pyramid number 9 belongs to King Khalmani who reigned between 207 BC and 186 BC,” Mahmoud Suleiman, the head of a team of archaeologists, told journalists in Bajarawiya, about 250 kilometres (155 miles) north of Khartoum, late Tuesday.
The bones so far discovered are believed to have belonged to more than one person and have been shown to journalists, including an AFP reporter, by a team of archaeologists in Bajarawiya.
DNA tests should shed light on the relation between the bones, while further items are expected to be recovered from another of the pyramid´s chambers, the team said.
“In the coming days we will open” another of the three burial chambers, said Murtada Bushara, a second archaeologist from the team.
This chamber “contains a coffin,” Bushara added.
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