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AMNH: Documenting an Ancient Kingdom In Sudan

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Meroë was an independent kingdom of Nubia, centered in the north of Sudan and contemporaneous with Greek and Roman domination of the Mediterranean world. While Meroites were influenced by their Egyptian neighbors, they had a distinct political state, writing system, and religion. Archaeologists have only been able to translate a few Meroitic texts, so researchers must use other clues from the past to learn about this ancient civilization.

ARCHIVE IMAGES COURTESY OF Steve F. E. Cameron, COSV, R. David / Sedeinga Mission, Vincent Francigny, Will Harcourt-Smith, Ad Meskens, The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, Olaf Tausch and Alex de Voogt.

American Museum of Natural History.