Schliemanns Erben
Die Schwarzen Pharaonen


Die Schwarzen Pharaone

The Greek historian Herodotus describes it as an empire of wonders. A kingdom so blessed by wealth, even slaves could wear golden chain jewellery: the Kushite kingdom of Meroe (700 BC to 350 AD), located in present-day Sudan, has always occupied and fascinated historians and archaeologists. This includes our author Gisela Graichen and the team of the TV expedition “Schliemann’s Heirs”. In Musawwarat es-Sufra, north of the Sudanese capital Khartoum, the archaeologists have uncovered a centre of pilgrimage and discovered the central sanctuary of the Kush.


In Naga , a town in the steppe and the former residence of the Black Pharaohs, fragments of huge construction works from this sunken civilization are finally transported back to daylight.


The highlight of the expedition is to explore the huge pyramid field of Meroe. It is the largest on earth and still full of secrets. The black pharaohs created a culture that can be compared with the Egyptian culture: magnificent art, fine jewellery and an architecture that makes engineers and architects hold their breath in astonishment and puzzlement today.

Gisela Graichen, Peter Prestel Maren Witte Steffen Böttrich Susanne Strobel Dr. Gudrun Ziegler ZDF, January, 2000
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