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Ancient Round Temples Discovered In Sudan: Architecture Unique To The World

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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.

Deffufa castle at Kerma in Sudan
The newly discovered round temples were found just a few hundred feet from the ruins of Kerma (shown here). [Image by hecke61/Shutterstock] Bonnet now believes there is so much more to the story. His group also discovered"huge strongholds "at Dogi Gel." That indicates this part

of the world was safeguarded by a coalition, probably of the king of Kerma with individuals coming from Darfur and from central Sudan" to stand versus the ancient Egyptians, who were always placing themselves to manage trade and commerce in central Africa.

Bonnet says he is puzzled regarding why the Egyptians, who colonized Nubia, would keep and preserve the round temples, however it appears that they did, whatever their factors.

He is also encouraged that there is more buried in Sudan's Nile Valley, that proof of a number of kingdoms is still to be revealed. He even forecasts that Sudan simply may offer birth to its own specific branch of archaeology.

"We have here remarkable history of the world," he said, "perhaps after some years we will have Sudanology as strong as Egyptology."

Map of Sudan in Africa
Archaeologists are starting to discover an abundant and varied history for ancient Sudan, rather apart from its more famous northern next-door neighbor, Egypt. [Image by dovla982/Shutterstock]

That particular expertise, Egyptology, saw headlines in December when, according to The Inquisitr, scientists from the University of Birmingham uncovered an advancement wall in the northern part of the West Aswan cemetery at Qubbet el-Hawa. It is believed that the wall might cause undiscovered burial tombs, possibly even those of pharaohs.

[Featured Image by hecke61/Shutterstock]

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