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2,360 year old temple ruins unearthed under Cairo


The Egyptian-German Archaeological Mission in the Matariya district in east Cairo discovered new evidence for a sanctuary of Nektanebo I (380-363 BC) in the temple precinct of Heliopolis, according to Dr. Mahmoud Afify, head of the ancient Egyptian antiquities sector at the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities.

2,360 year-old temple ruins unearthed under Cairo
Wall relief show Hapi, God of the Nile seated before an offering table [Crediit: Ministry of Antiquities]
Dr. Aiman Ashmawy, Head of the Egyptian team at the Mission said that the number of blocks from a limited area proves that the excavation area is indeed the site of an original building constructed of a number of limestone and sandstone blocks as well as columns and painted reliefs.

2,360 year-old temple ruins unearthed under Cairo
The excavation site [Crediit: Ministry of Antiquities]
A lower wall of black basalt was also found along with an eastern temple gate constructed with brown silicified sandstone and decorated with inscriptions and ritual scenes.


2,360 year-old temple ruins unearthed under Cairo
Engraved blocks discovered of the temple [Crediit: Ministry of Antiquities]
2,360 year-old temple ruins unearthed under Cairo
Figurine of Goddess Bastet [Crediit: Ministry of Antiquities]
Other find include basalt slabs showing the geographical procession of the 6th nome of Upper Egypt, a collection of bronze statues depicting the goddess Bastet, as well as fragments of colossal statuary and massive stone blocks with wall reliefs indicating the existence of a yet-undiscovered temple to King Ramses II.  .


2,360 year-old temple ruins unearthed under Cairo
2,360 year-old temple ruins unearthed under Cairo
Reliefs discovered by the Egyptian-German Archaeological Mission to Matariya 
[Crediit: Ministry of Antiquities]
Dr. Dietrich Raue from the Egyptian Museum of the University of Leipzig/Germany said in a statement that the mission focused its excavation work on the second area in the southeastern Heliopolis temple, where a workshop from the 4th century BC and a superseding Ptolemaic stratum were discovered.

2,360 year-old temple ruins unearthed under Cairo
Hieroglyphic text engraved on a sandstone pillar bearing the royal name of Pharoah Nektanebo 
[Crediit: Ministry of Antiquities]
"This fits the growing evidence of the enormous activities of 30th dynasty kings in this sanctuary," Raue said, adding that a new temple site of Ramses II was discovered between the Suq el-Khamis temple site of Ramses II and Nektanebo temple. 

Source: Ministry of Antiquities [May 04, 2016]
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