Egyptian archaeologists discovered catacombs including 18 mummies in south of Cairo – Photo by Hossam Atef (2)
CAIRO – 28 May 2017: A team from the Spanish Mission of the National Archaeological Museum in Madrid has discovered a large engraved block of red granite during excavations at the Cynara temple at El Bahnasaa in Beni Suef Governorate announced Dr. Mahmoud Afifi, head of the Egyptian Antiquities Sector at the Ministry of Antiquities, in a statement on Saturday.
Afifi clarified the importance of the new discovery as bearing the name of King Senusret II (c. 1895-1889 B.C.), one of the pharaohs of the Egyptian Middle Kingdom period (c. 2050-1800 B.C.).
The director of the Spanish Mission Maria Carmen Breez added that several levels of construction originating from different time periods have also been discovered within the temple where the granite block was found, one of which dates back to the early 18th Dynasty under King Thutmose III (c. 1479-1425 B.C.)
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