About 250 ancient pyramids of varying degrees of preservation are located in this region. Many of them were destroyed only in the 19th century when European soldiers arrived.
These structures are called the Meroe pyramids, in honor of the Meroitic kingdom (aka Kush). They are much smaller than the ancient Egyptian ones and are considered not as ancient. Scientists say they were built about 800 years after the Egyptians stopped building their pyramids.
Like the ancient Egyptian pyramids, the Meroe pyramids are richly decorated with a variety of frescoes depicting the life of rulers and ordinary people. The French mineralogist Frederic Cailliau was the first to study them in 1821 and, during his research, he came across a very curious fresco that still sparks disputes.
This fresco depicts a man of truly enormous size, carrying two elephants on his shoulders. Moreover, the elephants have tusks, indicating that they are fully grown animals! The person looks most ordinary, not a deity or some kind of mythical monster. He is portrayed without any clothes, appearing like a slave or a pauper.
It is particularly noteworthy that the features of his face, according to the researchers, are more Caucasoid than Egyptian, and his hair is not black but blond. The fact that the blonde hair is not merely a result of color fading over time is evident from the fact that both elephants are obviously dark.
In this regard, we can recall the notes of the Roman historian Josephus Flavius from 79 BC, in which he wrote that the last of the Egyptian giants lived during the reign of Joshua (13th century BC).
Flavius described these giants as having large bodies and faces that were very different from those of ordinary people, and they were “amazing to look at and terrible to listen to, with their loud voices sounding like a lion’s roar.”
Furthermore, the story of the mummified finger of a giant allegedly found somewhere in an ancient Egyptian burial comes to mind. In 1988, Gregor Sperry, a Swiss entrepreneur and ancient Egyptian aficionado, came across an Egyptian gang of “black archaeologists” who were looting ancient burial sites.
They brought him to a man named Naguib, who showed Sperry a huge mummified human finger wrapped in a rag.
It was said that this finger had been kept for about 150 years in the Nagiba family, whose ancestors were also grave robbers, and they treasured it, showing it to only a few people. The length of the finger was 35 cm, with a thickness of 6 cm.
After carefully examining the finger, Sperry realized that it belonged to a real biological being, not a fake. The finger appeared to have been cut off with something sharp, and the skin showed signs of damage.
Between the dried skin, remnants of fungus were visible, and the nail barely held in place. Additionally, there were bite marks on the skin in some places, as if from rats or mice. Sperry was stunned because the finger’s size suggested that its owner had to be at least 5-6 meters (18 ft) tall.
Still, he remained skeptical, so Naguib showed him a folder of documents proving the authenticity of the remains. An x-ray of the finger was also present, clearly showing the bones.
Naguib refused to disclose the finger’s exact discovery location but hinted that it was hidden somewhere at the bottom of the Great Pyramid on the Giza Plateau, where “great empty tombs” were located.
Sperry took several photos of the finger and persistently asked Naguib to sell it, but he flatly refused and took the finger away, wrapping it again in a rag.
In 2009, Sperry returned to the same city of Beer Hooker, attempting to find Naguib, but was unsuccessful. He showed photos of the finger to scientists, but they dismissed it as a fake.