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Meroe Royal Baths

Location — Meroe
Country — Sudan

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First excavated in 1912 under the University of Liverpool, the Meroe Royal Baths are now the focus of a joint research project between the German Archaeological Institute and the National Corporation for Antiques and Museums. Dating back to the first century AD, the complex is thought to have serviced two nearby palaces from the great African Kingdom of Kush in what is now modern-day Sudan. Located 200 kilometers northeast of Khartoum, the ancient city of Meroe sits on the eastern bank of the Nile and is still today marked by temples, palaces, and more than two hundred pyramids.
The proposal consists of a protective shelter that keeps the architectural heritage of the site. A 60-centimeter thick wall of mud brick not only offers protection against eroding winds and outside forces, but it also aids
in maintaining a stable interior climate. Vaulted brick ceilings and courtyards help to promote natural ventilation and humidity control inside, creating an optimal condition for the artifacts. A series of partially-suspended walkways offers visitors to experience the historic ruins. To minimize damage to the ruins, a combination of foundations and structural systems will work together to support all new construction. Furthermore, the shelter will maintain its structural stability while allowing for further research and excavation to continue.