Tuesday, March 10, 2015

New Discovery, Luxor: Cache of 38 Ancient Artifacts Discovered in Karnak Temple

CAIRO: A cache holding 38 well-preserved ancient Egyptian artifacts was discovered in Karnak Temple, Luxor, according to Antiquities Ministry statement Saturday.

“The new finding includes 14 figurines of God Osiris, 3 statues of the baboon God Djehuty, 2 statuettes of the goddess Mut, including one covered in hieroglyphic inscriptions, a head of a statuette of the cat goddess Bastet along with 2 bases of unidentified statuettes,” Antiquities Minister Mamdouh el-Damaty stated on the ministry’s Facebook page.

The finding was discovered by archaeologists from the French-Egyptian Center for the Study of the Temples of Karnak currently excavating near the temple of the god Ptah at the northern area of the precinct of Amun-Re temple.

“The discovery is exceptional not only in terms of the amount of statues found, the perfect condition and the high quality work of most of the artifacts but also because of the highly advanced technique used for the first time in documenting the whole discovery process,” said Damaty.

The collection of statues dates back to the 25th Dynasty (760 B.C.-656 B.C.) an era when Egypt was ruled by a succession of Nubian kings, said Damaty, adding that the “excavation was recorded by a topographer specialized in archaeology who made a series of photogrammetric reconstructions by high-density image correlation, from the discovery of the first object until the complete removal of the statues from the cachet.”

This new technique enables the scientists to reconstruct the original positioning of the objects as they were when originally deposited in the room they were found in, according to Damaty.

Ptah was the chief god of Memphis in ancient Egypt and his temple in Karnak was built during the reign of Pharaoh Thutmose III (1479 B.C – 1424 B.C.) before it was restored during the Greco-Roman period, archaeologist Sherif el-Sabban told The Cairo Post Sunday.

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