Ancient building excavated in Meroë

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Archaeologist are excavating what appears to be the remains of the oldest known building in Meroë, Sudan. Meroë, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was the capitol and center of the Kush Kingdom during the Meroitic period (ca. 350 BCE to 300 CE). Radiocarbon dating indicates that this building, possibly an early palace or administrative center buried beneath a royal palace, dates to 900 BCE.  According to archaeologists, the presence of this ancient building indicates that an early temple dedicated to the Egyptian god Amun also may have existed on this site.  (source: LiveScience, August 5, 2011)

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