A team of French and Swiss archaeologists working in the Nile
Valley have uncovered ancient statues described as sculptural
masterpieces in Northern Sudan.
The archaeologists from the University of Geneva discovered a
pit full of large monuments and finely carved statues of the Nubian
kings known as the black pharaohs.
The Swiss head of the archaeological expedition said that the
find was of worldwide importance.
The black pharaohs, as they were known, ruled over a mighty
empire stretching along the Nile Valley 2,500 years ago.
The pit, which was full of ancient monuments, is located between
some ruined temples on the banks of the Nile.
It had not been opened for over 2,000 years. Inside, the archaeologists made a breathtaking discovery. The statues of the black pharaohs are highly polished, finely
carved and made of granite.
The name of the king is engraved on the back and on the feet of
The head of the expedition, Charles Bonnet, described them as
very beautiful, adding that they were sculptural masterpieces.