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Ancient palace discovered in central Sudan

A nearly 3,000-year-old palace, the oldest building ever found in the ancient city of Meroë, has been discovered in the Sudan.

So far, the team has excavated a small section of the building, with radiocarbon dating indicating that it dates to about 900 B.C. The finds so far include a sizable mudbrick wall, pottery, and most notably, a cache of animal bones, most of which belonged to cattle.

“The most common animal kept in the Middle East now is goat and sheep,” Grzymskisaid. “This makes me think if you try to envision this ancient civilization that to some extent they were seminomadic pastoralists.” In other words, they relied heavily on beef and animal products in addition to agriculture.

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Story: Owen Jarus, LiveScience | Photo: Royal Ontario Museum

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