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6 Ancient African Architectural Marvels Built Before Greece or Rome Existed

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Here are three examples of ancient African Architectural Marvels which were built before either Greece or Rome existed

South African Ruins


The recent discovery of an ancient circular monolithic stone structure site in Mpumalanga, South Africa, is thought to be at least 75,000 years old, pre-dating any other structure on earth, according to South African author and politician Michael Tellinger.

Tellinger founded the Ubuntu Party in South Africa and is a self-proclaimed authority on ancient civilizations of southern Africa.

Tellinger estimates that there are well over a million ancient stone ruins scattered throughout the mountains of southern Africa. Various tools and artifacts that have been recovered from these ruins show a long and extended period of settlement that spans well over 200,000 years.

The most spectacular example of these ancient ruins is called the Adam’s Calendar, claims Tellinger. This spectacular ancient site is aligned with the north, south, east and west cardinal points, solstices and equinoxes. It is still an accurate calendar although it has been dated at least 75,000 years of old, based on scientific evaluations, according to the author.

The Step Pyramid


Built in ancient Egypt (Kemet or Kmt) in 2667–2648 B.C.,  the Step Pyramid, or The Pyramid of Djoser, was the first stone building in history and the first of the many pyramids to appear during the following 1,000 years. The Step Pyramid was a tomb for third dynasty Pharaoh Djoser and members of his family, designed by Imhotep, the first known architect, engineer, and physician in early history.

The structure started off as a mastaba tomb — a flat-roofed building with sloping sides — and, through a series of expansions, evolved into a 197-foot-high (60 meters) pyramid, with six layers, one built on top of the other. The pyramid was constructed using 11.6 million cubic feet (330,400 cubic meters) of limestone and clay. The tunnels beneath the pyramid form a labyrinth of about 3.5 miles (5.5 kilometers) long.

The Temple Complex of Karnak


The temple complex of Karnak  is one of the most impressive sites in all of Egypt and it’s the largest religious compound ever built by man. Karnak is actually the site’s modern name. Its ancient name was Ipet-isut, meaning “The Most Select (or Sacred) of Places.”

Construction work began in 16th century B.C. and continued past the era of Pharaoh Ramses II, from approximately 1391-1351. The complex consists of four main parts, the Precinct of Amon-Re, the Precinct of Montu, the Precinct of Mut and the Temple of Amenhotep IV (dismantled).




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