Archaeologists have uncovered 3 ancient temples in Sudan that differ from any other buildings in the world. The temples' standard structural distinction is what makes them special: They are round. And the lead archaeologist at the site thinks that the discovery will change the method the world thinks of Africa.
Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported today that veteran archaeologist Charles Bonnet, who has actually worked thoroughly in Sudanese archaeology, insists that the three freshly announced temples are unlike anything that has actually ever been found
."This architecture is unidentified ... there is no example in main Africa or in the Nile Valley of this architecture."
Although the round and oval temples were found last year, the structures have actually been dated from 1,500 to 2,000 BCE and lie near the famous historical site of Kerma in northern Sudan. In fact, they were discovered just a few hundred meters from Kerma in a location called Dogi Gel ("Red Hill"), an area that Bonnet and his historical team has actually been excavating for years.
The 83-year-old professional marveled at the originality of the discovery.
"At Kerma the architecture is square or rectangular shaped ... and here just a kilometer away we have round structures. We have no idea of lots of round temples in the world . we do not have examples to compare."
Bonnet informed AFP that scientists have actually found Africa's ancient past a secret. The current discovers should use insights into that strange past, he believes, especially considering that the structures appear to have no analogue. The 3 round temples are even distinct from the 2 major architectures of the area-- Egyptian and Nubian.
"Nobody understands this architecture ... It's entirely brand-new," he said of the site's temples. "There are no roots today in Africa and we need to find these roots ... this is the trick of Africa."
Bonnet has actually worked the Sudan websites for over 50 years and has been instrumental in promoting the now accepted position that ancient Sudan was self-governing of Egypt. He has dug into the past at Kerma, an ancient Nubian kingdom that grew from 2,500 to 1,500 BCE, and uncovered a separate history (where, in the past, it was accepted that the Nubian kingdoms were satellites to the mighty Egyptian states). Through his work, such as the unearthing of the 7 "black pharaohs" (granite statues of Sudan's Nubian rulers) not far from the banks of the Nile, it was exposed that Nubia was house to rich deposits of gold, ivory, and ebony.