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Mysterious Nubian stone tablets discovered

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atalante
The linkage to queen Tiye is interesting.  It suggests that ,somehow, these Nubians may have been familiar with events of Egypt's Amarna era.
 
Tiye's life is discussed at https://www.ancient.eu/tiye/
 
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"Her mummy has positively been identified as that known as the 'Elder Lady’, and a lock of her hair, possibly a keepsake of the young king’s, was found in Tutankhamun’s tomb. "

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"Tiye's death and legacy

It is not known when Tiye died, but it was most probably around the twelfth year of Akhenaten’s reign in the year 1338 BCE. The painting and inscription on Huya’s tomb is the last known mention made of her and is dated to that year. Her death is seen by some as coinciding with Akhenaten’s seeming loss of interest in foreign affairs, and perhaps his grief over the loss of his mother influenced his withdrawal. It has also been suggested, however, that he may have had no interest all along and simply left affairs of state to his mother and Nefertiti. Either way, his reign suffers a marked decline after Tiye’s death, and he largely neglected foreign policy, preferring to remain in his palace at Akhetaten and attend to his new religion."

 

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DieChecker
On 4/12/2018 at 7:09 AM, Still Waters said:

Archaeologists excavating a vast and ancient "city of the dead" in Africa have recovered the largest collection of texts in the mysterious language of the Kushites. Dating back to 2,700 years ago, the find includes extraordinary tablets commemorating the dead.

The items hail from a site called Sedeinga in Sudan, known for the ruins of a temple dedicated to the 14th century BCE Egyptian queen Tiye, the grandmother of Tutankhamun.

But between the 7th century BCE and the 4th century CE, the site was a significant necropolis - city of the dead - for the kingdoms of Napata and Meroe, which mixed Egyptian traditions with their own.

https://www.sciencealert.com/nubian-funerary-artefacts-meroitic-texts-found-in-sedeinga-sudan

Very cool. Looking at the pictures of the tablets, the Egyptian influence is clear. I've enjoyed reading about these African nations in the past, and it is a shame that many people think that Africa has been nothing but huts for all of history.

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kmt_sesh
15 hours ago, DieChecker said:

Very cool. Looking at the pictures of the tablets, the Egyptian influence is clear. I've enjoyed reading about these African nations in the past, and it is a shame that many people think that Africa has been nothing but huts for all of history.

Eh, there were always huts in Iron Age societies, but your comment is on-track. Almost equally as bad is when people assume Sudanese kingdoms like Napata and Meroe were just carbon copies of the Egyptian kingdom, as though the Africans were incapable of expressing themselves. Yes, the Africans built pyramids and mummifies and often used hieroglyphs, but things like these tablets in the article show how they borrowed Egyptian ideas and expressed themselves, in their own way. And even when they did borrow hieroglyphs, they often used the Egyptian signs in their own way, with their own languages and grammar.

A lot of Nubian hieroglyphs have been puzzled out and often can be read, but the script as shown in the article is still largely not deciphered.

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DieChecker
4 hours ago, kmt_sesh said:

Eh, there were always huts in Iron Age societies, but your comment is on-track. Almost equally as bad is when people assume Sudanese kingdoms like Napata and Meroe were just carbon copies of the Egyptian kingdom, as though the Africans were incapable of expressing themselves. Yes, the Africans built pyramids and mummifies and often used hieroglyphs, but things like these tablets in the article show how they borrowed Egyptian ideas and expressed themselves, in their own way. And even when they did borrow hieroglyphs, they often used the Egyptian signs in their own way, with their own languages and grammar.

A lot of Nubian hieroglyphs have been puzzled out and often can be read, but the script as shown in the article is still largely not deciphered.

Lots of people know about the European Medieval period, with armor, swords, cavalry, archers... armies marching, castles building... But don't realize that there were many similar nations in Africa which also wore metal armor, had professional cavalry, had advanced metallurgy, and conducted wars just like the Europeans. Just the people were black Africans and not white Europeans. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_empires

http://atlantablackstar.com/2013/12/05/7-midieval-african-kingdoms/

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