The unearthed architectural piece [Photo Courtesy: Ministry of Antiquities Official Facebook page] The unearthed architectural piece [Photo Courtesy: Ministry of Antiquities Official Facebook page]

Antiquities Min. announces 2 archaeological discoveries

Thu, Nov. 23, 2017
CAIRO – 23 November 2017: Ministry of Antiquities announced two important archaeological discoveries in Aswan uncovered by the Egyptian and the German-Swiss archaeological missions.

The first discovery is an architectural piece made from sandstone; it was unearthed by the Egyptian archaeological mission during the excavation work taking place near the Temple of Kom Ombo, Aswan.

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The discovered artifacts [Photo Courtesy: Ministry of Antiquities Official Facebook page]

Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, explained in an official press statement released on the ministry’s official Facebook page that the primary studies stated that the unearthed sandstone piece dates back to Emperor Philip Arrhidaeus’ reign, who ruled Egypt after the death of Alexander the Great.

The discovered piece carried a number of inscriptions of prayers and praises to Emperor Philip Arrhidaeus.

The second discovery is a carpentry workshop unearthed in Elephantine Island in Aswan by the German – French archeological mission.

The uncovered workshop dates back to the 18th dynasty. It also contains many tools such as axes.

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The discovered artifacts [Photo Courtesy: Ministry of Antiquities Official Facebook page]

Professor Cornelis von Pilgrim added that one of the axes needs a lot of renovation works, and another one is the same as the axes used in Syria “Al-Sham countries,” which hints at the strong historic relations between Egypt and Syria.
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