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2,600-year-old stele discovered by Egyptian farmer


A farmer near Ismailia in northeastern Egypt has discovered an intricately carved sandstone slab that appears to have been installed by the Pharaoh Apries 2,600 years ago.


2,600-year-old stele discovered by Egyptian farmer
Credit: Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities

The standing stone—also known as a stele measures 230cm long and 103cm wide. It features a carving of a winged sun disk and a cartouche, or oval enclosing Egyptian hieroglyphs, representing Apries.




After the farmer who found the slab reported it to government authorities, the director of the Ismailia Antiquities District and other archaeological experts confirmed its authenticity.


2,600-year-old stele discovered by Egyptian farmer
Credit: Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities

Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the country’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, says in a statement that the artifact appears to be connected to a military campaign the pharaoh was waging east of Egypt. 


The slab includes 15 lines of hieroglyphs that experts are now working to translate.


Source: Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities [June 06, 2021]



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