'Monumental' building complex discovered at Qantir in Egypt's Nile Delta
At the ancient city of Piramesse, which was Egypt's capital during the reign of the King Ramses II, an excavation team from the Roemer and Pelizaeus Museum in Hildesheim in Germany has uncovered parts of a building complex as well as a mortar pit with children’s footprints.
|Excavations at site T [Credit: Peramses Mission]|
The layout suggests the complex was likely a palace or a temple, Afifi told Ahram Online.
|The remains of building complex [Credit: Peramses Mission]|
The site of excavation had been chosen, he explained, not just because of its archaeological potential but because of its proximity to the edges of the modern village of Qantir, which is endangering the nearby antiquities under its fields due to rapid expansion.
|Result of magnetic survey carried out in the site T |
[Credit: Peramses Mission]
Furthermore a second small trench was laid out in an area where the excavators believe the enclosure wall can be traced.
|The coloured wall plaster [Credit: Peramses Mission]|
Due to the limited size of the trenches no buildings can be reconstructed so far. Nonetheless it is obvious that the stratigraphy is extremely dense and several construction phases are preserved, and not all the walls are contemporaneous.
|The mortar pit with footprints [Credit: Peramses Mission]|
"No motifs are recognisable so far but we are certainly dealing with the remains of large-scale multi-coloured wall paintings," said Franzmeier.
The team fragments have been cleaned in situ and subsequently removed. A comprehensive excavation of all fragments followed by permanent conservation and the reconstruction of motifs will be the subject of future seasons.
Author: Nevine El-Aref | Source: Ahram Online [February 07, 2017]