(ORDO NEWS) — Scientists used the cosmological tool for the first time in archeology, and made an amazing discovery by finding “centers of gravity invisible from the earth” in a huge burial site.
These tombs were built over many generations, and the burial places were clearly not chosen randomly.
Sudan’s hilly region of Kassala, west of the country’s border with Eritrea, was inhabited by the semi-nomadic Beja people who lived there for at least 2,000 years.
Among the arid landscapes of Kassala, one can see many tombstones. Among them are Islamic tombs known as kubbs. Their origin is not clear, but they belong to many periods and cultures.
Archaeologists have been doing fieldwork around Kassala for years, but the region remains relatively unexplored due to its remoteness and lack of infrastructure.
Now, researchers led by graduate student in archeology Stefano Costanzo of the University of Naples “L’Orientale” have used satellite imagery for the first time and have discovered more than 10,000 graves in an area of about 4,144 square kilometers (414,400 ha).
All the tombs are combined into “galactic” clusters, and the “parent” graves act as “invisible centers of gravity” or supermassive black holes, around which, like stars, other burials are located.
This was discovered with the help of spatial statistics developed for cosmology. In archeology, this has not yet been used.
“It’s just incredible,” says Stefano Costanzo. “I didn’t expect that.”
According to the study, “clusters are made up of dots of offspring revolving around their parents.”
The places were not chosen by chance – where there were more building materials. Scholars suggest that the central burial sites may contain older tombs of cultural significance.
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