CAIRO – 19 June 2022: Athribis Antiquities Area is an archaeological city dating back to the Greco-Roman era. It is located in Nagaa Sheikh Hamad, about 7 km west of Sohag.
The area contains many temples, tombs, quarries, churches, monasteries, and industrial workshops. This is in addition to being a residential city.
Since 2003, a joint Egyptian-German archaeological mission has been working in the area. The mission succeeded in completing the excavation of the Temple of Athribis, which was built by King Ptolemy XII. The mission also discovered more than 13,000 ostracas bearing religious, financial, and educational themes, in hieratic, demotic, Greek, Coptic and Arabic.
This discovery is considered one of the largest sources of ancient Egyptian ostracas, along with the site of Deir el-Medina, west of Luxor.