Amazing Archeology: Ancient Magic Evil Eye Box Discovered In New Sudanese 2,000-year-old cemetery

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A 2,000-year-old cemetery with several underground tombs has been discovered near the Nile River in Sudan.

Archaeologists excavated several of the underground tombs, finding artifacts such as a silver ring, engraved with an image of a god, and a faience box, decorated with large eyes, which a researcher believes protected against the evil eye.

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In the Sudan cemetery, researchers found a faience box decorated with large eyes that may have been meant to protect against the “evil eye.”

The tombs in the cemetery yielded other treasures, including a faience box, decorated with what the ancient Kushites and Egyptians called “udjat” eyes. This is a well-known tradition in Egypt, which had a kind of ritual role to protect from the evil eye.

A bit of history

The cemetery dates back to a time when a kingdom called Kush flourished in Sudan. Based in the ancient city of Meroe (just south of Dangeil) Kush controlled a vast territory; its northern border stretched to Roman-controlled Egypt. At times, it was ruled by a queen. [See Photos of the Ancient Sudan Cemetery & Tombs]

Although the Kushites built hundreds of pyramids, this particular cemetery contains no structures on the surface; the tombs are underground. And the size of the cemetery is unknown.

Villagers discovered the cemetery accidently in 2002 while digging a ditch near the modern-day village of Dangeil, and archaeological excavations have been ongoing since then. The finds were reported recently in a new book called “Excavations in the Meroitic Cemetery of Dangeil, Sudan“.

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