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Roman-era temple discovered in Egypt's Siwa Oasis


Egypt says archaeologists have uncovered the remains of a temple dating back to the second century.

Roman-era temple discovered in Egypt's Siwa Oasis
Workers examining the remains of a temple dating back to the second century, in the country's western desert,
some 50 km west of Siwa Oasis, Egypt [Credit: Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities]
The Antiquities Ministry said Thursday that the temple, which dates back to the reign of Roman Emperor Antoninus Pius, was found near the Siwa Oasis in the western desert. It includes the foundations of a large limestone building.

Roman-era temple discovered in Egypt's Siwa Oasis
Archaeologists examine a limestone block with Greek inscription found among the remains of a temple
dating back to the second century [Credit: Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities]
Roman-era temple discovered in Egypt's Siwa Oasis
Detail of limestone block with Greek inscription [Credit: Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities]
Abdel-Aziz al-Dimeiry, head of the archaeological mission, said they found a five-meter (yard) long limestone painting bearing Greek inscriptions and decorated with the sun disc surrounded by cobras.

Roman-era temple discovered in Egypt's Siwa Oasis
The limestone block with Greek inscription [Credit: Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities]
He says the painting, which is believed to be part of the temple's entrance, was found in good condition and will undergo restoration.

Source: Associated Press [May 10, 2018]

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