Egyptian divers discover temple in Nile

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From Egyptology News blog:

There have been various bits of news trickling out of Egypt about underwater discoveries in the Nile at Aswan. Here’s the latest.

“Archaeologists have discovered a portico, or covered entryway, of an ancient Egyptian temple beneath the surface of the Nile River.

The entryway once led to the temple of the ram-headed fertility god Khnum, experts say.

A team of Egyptian archaeologist-divers found the portico in Aswan while conducting the first-ever underwater surveys of the Nile, which began earlier this year.

“The Nile has shifted, and this part of the temple began to be a part of [the river],” said Zahi Hawass, Secretary General of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities. . . .

Today’s Nile obscures many objects from ancient times, and archaeologists believe the underwater excavations will reveal other significant artifacts.

The massive portico is too large to be removed during the current excavation, but archaeologists removed a one-ton stone with inscriptions that could date from the 22nd dynasty (945-712 B.C.) to 26th dynasty (664-525 B.C.).

The stone itself could be much older, however, because like many objects throughout Egyptian history, the original materials of the Temple of Khnum were reused to construct newer buildings.”

See this page for the full story, which is accompanied by a photograph of the one-ton stone with its inscriptions.

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  1. Archaeologists find ancient fortified city

    Egyptian discovery on old military road dates back 3,000 years

    Supreme Council of Antiquities via Reuters

    An ancient Egyptian inscription, unearthed by archaeologists while exploring an old military road in Sinai, is shown.

    By Maamoun Youssef

    updated 3:27 p.m. ET May 28, 2008

    CAIRO, Egypt – Archaeologists have unearthed 3,000-year-old remains of the largest ancient Egyptian fortified city while exploring an old military road in Sinai that once connected Egypt to Palestine, the antiquities authority said Wednesday.

    Zahi Hawass, chief of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, said that archaeologists unearthed a relief of King Thutmose II (1516-1504 B.C.), thought to be the first such royal monument found in Sinai. It indicates that Thutmose II may have built a fort in the area.

    A 500-by-250 yard mud brick fort with several four-yard-high towers dating to King Ramses II (1304-1237 B.C.) were unearthed in the same area, he said.

    Hawass said early studies suggested this fort had been Egypt’s military headquarters from the New Kingdom (1569-1081 B.C.) until the Ptolemaic era, which ran for about 300 years before 30 B.C.

    The ancient military road known as “Way of Horus” is close to present-day Rafah, which borders the Palestinian territory of Gaza.

    Archaeologist Mohammed Abdel-Maqsoud, chief of the excavation team, said the discovery was part of a joint project with the Culture Ministry that started in 1986 to find fortresses along that military road.

    Abdel-Maqsoud said the mission also located the first ever New Kingdom temple found in northern Sinai which earlier studies indicated was built on top of an 18th Dynasty fort (1569-1315 B.C.).

    A collection of reliefs belonging to King Ramses II and King Seti I (1314-1304 B.C.) were also unearthed with rows of warehouses used by the ancient Egyptian army during the New Kingdom era to store wheat and weapons, he said.

    Abdel-Maqsoud said the new discoveries corresponded to the inscriptions of the Way of Horus found on the walls of the Karnak Temple in Luxor which illustrated the features of 11 military fortresses that protected Egypt’s eastern borders. Only five of them have been discovered to date.

    Copyright 2008 The Associated Press

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