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    stalls: souvenirs

    by uglyscot Updated Dec 30, 2008

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    Inside and outside the entrance to the pyramids are stalls or displays of things for sale. They vary from handicrafts to coins, jewellery ,stones and other 'old 'things.
    The nice thng is the salesmen who try to encourage you to look at their goods, but do not haggle or annoy you like their counterparts at sites in Egypt.
    Nothing, except coins and silver, is very expensive [so far].

    Dec 2008 Update- as soon as our car stopped we were descended upon as if by a plague of locusts. Open the car doors or windows and goods are thrust into your face. This is unfortunate, and the chnge has been so sudden.

    However, the prices are still so reasonable that buying a small item is preferable to ignoring them and perhaps causing them to turn to worse activities.

    What to buy: Hand carved model pyramids and their chapels.
    carved animals- lions
    knives
    old jewellery
    tabaqs- woven fibre food covers
    decorated gourds
    old and out-of-date Sudanese coins
    stones. pebbles

    What to pay: bargain, but as of now the goods are quite reasonable. A pyramid will cost from 1-5 Sudanese pounds. Woven straw covers sell at 10 pounds for a pair. Fake antiques may cost 50-70 pounds.

    A camel ride can cost 5 to 10 Sudanese pounds if you persist.

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    • Arts and Culture
    • Historical Travel
    • Road Trip

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    Meroe Pyramids: Local craft

    by BorneoGrrl Updated Apr 27, 2006

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    You won't get any souvenir shops at Meroe Pyramids but if you would like to take home something, you can buy from some locals at the entrance. You can bargain if you like but the prices are already quite good.

    What to buy: Choose from musical instruments made of turtle shell & goat skin or mini pyramid shaped like the ones in Meroe. Non of these are made in China :)

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    Meroe: Craft stalls

    by grets Written Nov 24, 2004

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    There are a few people selling local crafts just outside the "gates" of the site. They are mainly children and are not at all pushy, just very grateful if you do buy!

    What to buy: Carved stone pyramids, clay pots, bead jewellery, coins and other crafts.

    Related to:
    • Archeology
    • Historical Travel
    • Desert

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