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Wednesday, September 28, 2016
New Discovery, Matariya: New Discovery Points to A King Ramses II Temple in Matariya
Ramses Anointing Divinity
discoveries at the Matariya archaeological site near Heliopolis suggest the
existence of a temple from the 19th dynasty of Ramses II. Posted By/ Ahram
Egyptian-German Archaeological Mission at Matariya archaeological site
discovered new evidence that may lead to a temple of King Ramses II.
Mahmoud Afifi, the head of the Ancient Egyptian Sector at the Ministry of
Antiquities, stated that this evidence was found about 450 metres to the west
of the obelisk of King Senusret I in Matariya.
It was discovered when the
mission stumbled upon a number of blocks from the temple courtyards and
fragments of the temple statuary.
Sundisc from Ritual Scene
explained that a new group of large blocks was yielded in the southern part of
the area. They show King Ramses II anointing a divinity. His name is rendered
by a rather rare variant “Paramessu.”
Aymen Ashmawi, the co-director of the mission, said that the recent find was
part of the decoration of the innermost rooms of the temple. Further groups of
relief fragments attest that King Ramses II was the builder of this temple.
confirms the hypothesis that Ramses II showed special interest in Heliopolis in
the later decades of his long reign of almost 70 years," Dr Ashmawi said.
addition, Dr. Dietrich Raue, the co-director of the mission, reported that in
the second area of excavations – located in the southeast of the innermost
enclosure of the temple – houses and workshops from a mid-Ptolemaic stratum are
Other discoveries in the area include faience amulets and
metals, Dr. Raue reported.