Nubian Stone Tablets Unearthed in African 'City of                the Dead'
This Ataqeloula stele was discovered in November 2017 at the Sedeinga necropolis, which commemorates a woman from Sedeinga high society and prestigious members of her family.
Credit: © Vincent Francigny/Sedeinga archaeological mission

A huge cache of stone inscriptions from one of Africa's oldest written languages have been unearthed in a vast "city of the dead" in Sudan.

The inscriptions are written in the obscure 'Meroitic' language, the oldest known written language south of the Sahara, which has been only partly deciphered.

The discovery includes temple art of Maat, the Egyptian goddess of order, equity and peace, that was, for the first time, depicted with African features. [In Photos: Beautiful Pyramids of Sudan]