As you journey north from Khartoum over a short desert road toward the ancient city of Mero, a breathtaking view emerges from behind the mirage: hundreds of towering pyramids piercing the horizon.
No matter how many times you visit, there is always a feeling of discovery.
Mero, which was formerly the capital of the Kingdom of Kush, is divided by the road. To the east, the royal cemetery is densely packed with roughly 50 sandstone and red brick pyramids of varied heights, some of which have fractured tops, a legacy of 19th-century European attackers. The ruins of a palace, a temple, and a royal bath may be seen in the royal city, which is situated to the west. The architecture of each structure reflects Meroe’s global ties, drawing on indigenous, Egyptian, and Greco-Roman decorative forms.
A description of the “Land of Kush.”
The first inhabitants of Northern Sudan date back 300,000 years. The Kingdom of Kush, the earliest Sub-Saharan African kingdom, is located there (about 2500-1500 BC). Kerma beakers are among the most beautiful Nile Valley pottery produced by this civilization.
Sudan was renowned for its wealth of natural resources, including gold, ebony, and ivory. Several objects in the British Museum’s collection were made using these materials. Ancient Egyptians were attracted southward in quest of these riches during the Old Kingdom (about 2686-2181 BC), which sometimes ended in warfare as Egyptian and Sudanese rulers competed for control of trade.
Kush was the most powerful state in the Nile Valley about 1700 BC. The battle between Egypt and Kush raged on, culminating in the subjugation of Kush by Thutmose I. (1504-1492 BC). Because they were beyond of reach of the Egyptian monarchs, Neolithic civilizations survived in the west and south.
The strange mural artwork depicts a giant hauling elephants in the city of Mero.
Mero is known for its almost 200 pyramids, many of which are in ruins. Nubian pyramids have these size and proportions.
In 1821, a French mineralogist named Frédéric Cailliaud first brought the Mero site to the notice of Europeans (1787-1869). The most remarkable discoveries were the reliefs and paintings on the walls of the sepulchral apartments. A gigantic giant holding two elephants is seen in one of the paintings.
His hair is light in tone and his features are Caucasian, not Nubian. Will this mural artwork demonstrate the ancient existence of a race of red-haired giants with six fingers?
Is it possible that giants ever traversed the Nile Valley?
In 79 AD, the Roman historian Josephus Flavius claimed that the last of the Egyptian giants lived during King Joshua’s reign in the 13th century BC. He went on to explain that they had huge bodies and faces that were so unlike regular people that looking at them was amazing, and listening to their booming voice, which sounded like a lion roar, was scary.
Moreover, the builders of the Pyramids are shown as “Giant People” towering 5 to 6 meters tall in various ancient Egyptian wall paintings. Experts estimate that each of these giants could lift 4 to 5 tons of blocks. Some of the antique mural paintings featured colossal kings presiding over ancient Egypt, while others depicted little servants serving the giants.
In 1988, Gregor Spoerri, a Swiss businessman and enthusiastic student of Egyptian history, made contact with a group of ancient tomb robbers via one of Egypt’s private suppliers. Spoerri went to the meeting, which was held in a little hamlet near Bir Hooker, a hundred kilometers northeast of Cairo, where he saw a massive mummified finger wrapped in rags.
The finger had a faint, dry feel to it. The fantastic creature to which it belonged, according to Spoerri, should have stood at least 5 meters (almost 16.48 feet) tall. To prove its legitimacy, one tomb raider showed a picture of an X-Ray of the mummified finger taken in the 1960s.