Pleiades-1 Satellite Image of The Pyramids of Meroe, Sudan
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Pleiades-1 Satellite Image (0.5m) – Meroe is an ancient city on the east bank of the Nile about 6 km north-east of the Kabushiya station near Shendi, Sudan, approximately 200 km north-east of Khartoum. Near the site are a group of villages called Bagrawiyah. This city was the capital of the Kingdom of Kush for several centuries. The Kushitic Kingdom of Meroe gave its name to the Island of Meroe, which was the modern region of Butana, a region bounded by the Nile (from the Atbarah River to Khartoum), the Atbarah and the Blue Nile.
The site of the city of Meroe is marked by more than two hundred pyramids in three groups, of which many are in ruins. They are identified as Nubian pyramids because of their distinctive size and proportions.
Meroe was the southern capitol of the Napata/Meroitic Kingdom, that spanned the period c. 800 BC — c. 350 AD. According to partially deciphered Meroitic texts, the name of the city was Medewi or Bedewi (Torok, 1998).
Excavations revealed evidence of important, high ranking Kushite burials, from the Napata Period (c. 800 – c. 280 BC) in the vicinity of the settlement called the Western cemetery.