north khartoum

the granite bark stand of King Atlanersa (ca. 650-640 BCE) from the Temple of the God Amon (B700) at Napata (about 400 km north of Khartoum, Sudan); now in the Museum of Fine Arts of Boston…
Horus of Behdet (at left, falcon-headed) and Thoth (at right, ibis-headed) binding together the symbolic plants of Upper and Lower Egypt, that is the ritual of the “Union of the Two Lands” (’sm3-t3wy’). Horus is represented holding the papyrus stem of Lower Egypt, while Thoth holds the lily stem of Upper Egypt. In the middle, King Atlanersa (wearing the skullcap with the Two Uraei) standing on the symbol for “Union of the Two Lands” and holding up the sky.
On the top, the Winged Solar Orb (Horus of Behdet) with the Two Uraei


A view of the historic Meroe pyramids in al-Bagrawiya, 200 kilometers (125 miles) north of Khartoum, Sudan. The site once served as the principle residence of the rulers of the Kush kingdom, known as the Black Pharaohs. Their pyramids, ranging from 6-meters (20-feet) to 30-meters (100-feet) tall, are some 4,600 years old. (AP Photo/Mosa’ab Elshamy)

The Pyramids of Meroe. Sudan.

Once the center of the ancient Kushite kingdom, these crumbling monuments now languish mostly unvisited and buffeted by fierce sandstorms in the desert north of Khartoum.

Image and caption by @petestein23. Sudan, 2015.

Leyland, Jonathan Rashad and Peter Schwartzstein report for an upcoming project titled “The Blue Nile: A Profile of a River Under Attack.”