Late afternoon light as a camel and rider pass a single pyramid up at Meroë. Strong winds create fresh ripples in the sand. It is here at Meroë, in about 300 BCE, where Kush leaders were forced to build their captial, following increasing pressure from the Egyptians. The royal necropolis of the southern capital of the kingdom of Kush near Bejrawia. The steep-sided pyramids were built over the burial chambers of the rulers. These pyramids were infamously plundered by Italian explorer Giuseppe Ferlini in 1834.