Byzantine pilgrimage site found in the Sudan

The excavation of the medieval monastery al-Ghazali in Northern Sudan is astonishing archaeologists who have unearthed a second church on the site as well as a large number of fragments of funerary stelae and inscribed vessels. The monastery is believed to have been a major pilgrimage site before the 13th century. (photos)

al-Ghazali is being favorably compared with other Byzantine African sites. Archaeologists were able to use aerial photography to map the project, which includes the monastery, village and the adjacent cemetery. "It turned out that previously published plans of both the monastery and the main church are far from reality," said prject head Dr. Artur Obłuski.