Have you ever wondered what in all probability could have been happening in the world, 10, 000 years ago and even beyond that time? What the humans looked like? What was the trend? What did their structures look like? How were things done? Did people really exist at that time or just a scientific mumbo jumbo. Well, thanks to archaeology, people have always existed all through the ages. What is more, they administered their affairs in a rather calculated manner. Such traits are evident in the mannerisms of their designs and architecture. A standard proof to this prodigious reality lies in the historical traces and discoveries of many empires around the world.
The Greek and Roman classical empires have been so popular in history that they tend to overshadow other world marvels. As said earlier, it will be unreasonable to assume that the world was on hold till these civilizations became prominent. Each stage of life- past, present & future- are all important. And that is why the knowledge of the greatly revered Greek and Roman Empires, cannot be an excuse not to acknowledge the times before it and the structural marvels that have survived centuries of existence till contemporary times.
In Africa for instance, the obvious traces of several ancient empires prove that Africa had pre-existed before ever they gained global attraction in the course of ancient foreign contacts (trade); the people lived and left cultural heritages as well, to mark their historical stay. History has recorded age-old sensations that existed long before the 2 popular classical kingdoms. Below are 6 Antique marvels that existed before the Greek and Roman Empires:
1. Pyramid of Djoser
The Step Pyramid was manually erected in the Egypt’s Saqqara area, a burial site reserved for Royalties. The idea of this convention might be tied to the afterlife- Egyptian cosmology. The Djoser Pyramid, as also called has survived centuries; built in the 27th century BC with its remains still existent till the present time. This legendary piece has been a credit to the ingenuity of the renowned Egyptian engineer, Imhotep. The name Djoser was attached to the structure, after Pharoah Djoser in whose reign and honor it was built. By nature of design and the pharaoh in whose lifetime it was constructed, the manual labor intensive and monumental stone structure is very significant as its internal and external features backs up Egyptian history and spiritual ideologies. It is 60m high with 6 layers specifically designed with a chunky amount of stone and clay; it has interior tunnels and an underground palace. For its appended external features, the pyramid also include non- functional chapels. All of these metaphorical features strongly suggest the after life belief for the royalties buried in the historical catacomb (housed) by the pyramid.
2. The Temple Complex of Karnak
As the name implies, this spot is a sacred zone, a complex of various chapels, temples and religious sites. History has it that thirty kings supported and contributed to the establishment of this complex. During the tenure of a king it is most probable that they make a monument in respect of one god or the other. As they do that, they also renovate necessary parts of the temples and features. The sacred gigantic monument has significant features, especially the great Hypostyle Hall ways with magnificent columns. The construction of the Temple Complex of Karnak began in the 16th century B.C., and continued from one Pharaoh to the next.
3. Nubian Pyramids And Temples
Nubia was one of Africa’s prominent ancient empires, encapsulating the contemporary Republic of Sudan and Southern Egypt. Egypt has an ancient history with the Kushite kingdom, the Nubians. Though patterned in a uniquely different way, history has it that they took after Egypt in constructing their pyramid structures. Since the Egyptian Djoser pyramid was the first of its kind, it is logical that this structure served as a model for the construction of other pyramids both in Egypt and in Nubia. They have about 223 pyramid monuments with archaeological traces that reveal they were erected as at 800 BC – c. AD 350 in the Meroe Island.