Kurru

Kurru is the ancestral cemetery of the Kushite rulers who also came to rule over Egypt as the 25th Dynasty. It is located 15 kilometres downstream of Jebel Barkal, on the northern bank of the Nile.

The earliest tombs in the cemetery were built in a row on the central summit of the site. Their superstructures have the shape of tumuli, i.e. mounds of earth which cover small subterranean burial pits. The burials probably date from the 9th century BC. Later generations started to erect Egyptian-style pyramids over the burial chambers, aligning their tombs in two rows south of the oldest part of the cemetery.

Kurru contains the tombs of the four Kushite rulers who reigned as the pharaohs of the 25th Dynasty over Egypt: Piye, Shabaqo, Shibitqo and Tanwetamani. Their pyramids are larger than the earlier ones and their burial tracts are more substantial with a sloping passage roofed with stone slabs which lead to the actual burial chambers.

The burial tract of Tanwetamani, whose pyramid has almost completely vanished, preserves rich painted decoration. It is largely oriented on Egyptian models and shows the revival of the king and his transition into the afterworld guided by several deities. The tomb of Tanwetamani's mother, Qalhata, which is situated in a separate section of the cemetery reserved for royal consorts and other members of the royal family, has similar decoration.

Since 2003, Kurru has been part of the UNESCO World Heritage serial property "Jebel Barkal and the sites of the Napatan region".

 

 

Tours coming by this location: 
Ancient Kush
October 07–20, 2018
in German
with Jens Weschenfelder, MA
October 21–November 03, 2018
in English
with Dr. Petra Weschenfelder
Sudan Concise
November 03–10, 2018
in German
with Jens Weschenfelder, MA
November 10–17, 2018
in English
with Dr. Petra Weschenfelder
December 27, 2018 - January 03, 2019
in English
with Prof. Claudia Näser
Sudan Special
October 28–November 10, 2018
in German
with Prof. Claudia Näser
December 02–16, 2018
in English
with Prof. Claudia Näser

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