Archeologists have uncovered a 2,000 year old pit in northern Sudan that filled with ancient statues of the Nubian kings who were known as the black pharaohs. The black pharaohs ruled over a powerful empire stretching along the Nile Valley 2,500 years ago, known as the Kingdom of Kush. The granite statues are highly polished and finely carved, with the name of the king engraved on the back and on the feet of each one. Despite the fact that the pit has never been opened before, many of the carvings were destroyed, with smashed heads and broken feet, revealing that the Egyptians who dug the pit wanted to wipe out the memory of the black pharaohs and their culture.

Nubians controlled the valuable trade routes along the river until they were conquered by the ancient Egyptians.

History is written by the conquerors, but that?s not always the way it really was.

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