Despite the fact that when speaking about Pyramids our mind immediately jumps to Egypt, the land of the Pharaohs isn’t the country with the most number of Pyramids on Earth.
In fact, Pyramids are everywhere. It’s as if thousands of years ago, ancient civilizations around the globe decided to build pyramids all of a sudden.
Without knowing that the ancient Chinese were building Pyramids, the Ancient Aztecs, Maya, Egyptians and many other civilizations erected massive monuments that defy modern-day engineering skills.
There are literally thousands of Pyramids around the globe. There are more than 1000 pyramids in Central America alone. There are 300 Pyramids in China and over 200 Pyramids in Sudan. Egypt boasts around 120 Pyramids.
How ancient civilizations managed this, remains one of the grates mysteries for modern-day scholars.
There are modern engineers who have said: “We couldn’t do this in twenty-two years.” However, the ancients apparently were able to do it.
If we travel to an area of the Nile valley know as Nubia, we find that this land was home to three Kushite kingdoms during ancient times.
The first had its capital at Kerma (2600–1520 BC).
The second was located in Napata (1000–300 BC), while their last kingdom was based around Meroë (300 BC-AD 300).
Kerma and Meroë were areas heavily influenced by ancient Egypt in many ways, culturally, economically, politically, and militarily.
During hundreds of years, the ancient Kushite kingdoms eventually erected more than 250 pyramids at three sites in Nubia.
These ancient structures served as tombs for the kings and queens of Napata and Meroë.
The most extensive site of Nubian Pyramids is located at Meroe.
According to scholars, during the Meroitic period around forty queens and kings were buried there.
The size and complexity of the Nubian pyramids greatly differ from their ancient Egyptian counterparts.
The ancient Nubian pyramids were built of stepped courses from horizontally positioned stone blocks.
Their height varies from approximately 6 to 30 meters.
Nearly all of the ancient Nubian pyramids were plundered in the past.
Sadly, many Nubian Pyramids were destroyed during the 18300’s when treasure hunter Giuseppe Ferlini blew the tops off from 40 tombs during his quest for treasure.
Some of the pyramids have been successfully restored, but many of the ancient monuments remain partially destroyed.
According to UNESCO, the Nubian pyramids bear decorative elements from the cultures of Pharaonic Egypt, Greece, and Rome, making them priceless ancient relics.