Archaeologists have found a surprising sphinx statue at an historical temple in southern Egypt.
The sandstone statue was found throughout a venture to cut back groundwater at Kom Ombo temple in Aswan.
The statue probably dates again to the Ptolemaic interval, between 305 B.C. and 30 B.C., in accordance with Dr. Mostafa Waziri, normal secretary of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities.
In a Fb publish, Waziri defined that the statue was discovered within the southeastern aspect of the temple, the place two sandstone reliefs of King Ptolemy V have been found two months in the past.
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Sphinx statues, which have a lion’s physique and a human head, sometimes depict a king and are sometimes discovered guarding the entrances to historical Egyptian temples.
Common Director of Aswan Antiquities Abdel Moneim Saeed stated that extra analysis will probably be performed on the newly found sphinx.
The sphinx is the newest fascinating historical discover in Egypt. One other sphinx was not too long ago uncovered throughout roadwork within the metropolis of Luxor, 112 miles north of Aswan.
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Whereas the well-known Nice Sphinx of Giza on the outskirts of Cairo is one of the best recognized, there are a variety of smaller sphinx statues in Luxor.
In one other venture, archaeologists not too long ago unlocked the secrets and techniques of a mysterious historical ‘cursed’ black granite sarcophagus.
The huge coffin, which was excavated within the metropolis of Alexandria, was discovered to comprise three skeletons and gold sheets with the stays. The tomb additionally dates again to the Ptolemaic period.
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Consultants additionally not too long ago discovered the oldest stable cheese within the tomb of Ptahmes, mayor of the traditional metropolis of Memphis.
A mummy buried in southern Egypt greater than 5,000 years in the past, has additionally revealed its grisly secrets and techniques, shedding new mild on prehistoric embalming practices.
In one other venture, consultants unearthed a 2,200-year-old gold coin depicting the traditional King Ptolemy III, an ancestor of the famed Cleopatra.
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Consultants in southern Egypt not too long ago found an especially uncommon marble head depicting the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius.
In Australia, archaeologists discovered the tattered stays of an historical priestess in a 2,500-year-old Egyptian coffin that was lengthy considered empty.
On the opposite aspect of the world, a uncommon historical artifact depicting the well-known feminine pharaoh Hatshepsut surfaced within the U.Ok. Beautiful new analysis additionally claims that King Tutankhamun could have been a boy soldier, difficult the idea he was a weak and sickly youth earlier than his mysterious demise at round 18 years of age.
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Consultants within the U.Ok. additionally discovered the world’s oldest figurative tattoos on two historical Egyptian mummies not too long ago, one in all which is the oldest tattooed feminine ever found.
Different latest finds embrace an historical cemetery in Egypt with greater than 40 mummies and a necklace containing a “message from the afterlife.” An historical statue of a Nubian king with an inscription written in Egyptian hieroglyphics was additionally discovered at a Nile River temple in Sudan.
Scientists additionally imagine that they could have discovered the secret of the Nice Pyramid’s near-perfect alignment. Consultants are additionally assured that they’ve solved the long-standing thriller of the “screaming mummy.”
In February, archaeologists introduced the invention of a four,400-year-old tomb close to the pyramids. Late final yr, archaeologists additionally revealed that they’d uncovered the graves of 4 youngsters at an historical web site in Egypt.
The Related Press contributed to this text.
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