This ancient city flourished at the dawn of the first millenium and was first explored by Europeans in 1821. Interest in Sudan lagged in the latter half of the 20th century, but archaeologists from the National Museum have been excavating the area for several years. The most important structure on the site, which Onderka and his team are currently excavating, is the Palace of the Queen Amanishakheto, which was constructed in the last decade of the 5th century B.C.
“We’ve also been exploring a small temple dedicated to the Nubian lion gods Apedemak and Sebiumeker … which was built at the turn of the eras and collapsed at least twice before its final collapse at the end of the kingdom in the 4th century A.D.,” he said. “Surrounding the temple is a more complex political center which flourished between the 4th century B.C. and the 6th century A.D., meaning there is one millennium of history to study in one place.”
Story: Stephan Delbos, The Prague Post | Photo: The Prague Post