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NEWS: Hieroglyphic – Demotic stela discovered in Taposiris Magna

“The SCA Archaeological Mission in collaboration with the Catholic
University of Santo Domingo – Dominican Republic – working at
Taposiris Magna Site – North Coast succeeded in discovering a
limestone stele inscribed with Hieroglyphic and Demotic inscriptions.

The Minister of Antiquities, Dr. Eldamaty stated that the discovered
stele contains 20 Hieroglyphic lines with royal cartouches of king
“Ptolomy V” whom the stele was inscribed during the seventh year of
his reign. Cartouches of Ptolomy’s wife and sister, Queen “Cleopatra
I”, his father, King “Ptolomy IV” and his wife “Arsinoe III” also
appear.

The Demotic inscriptions that lie at the bottom of the stele consist
of five lines of a text that seem to be a translation and a copy of
the previous Hieroglyphic lines. Eldamaty added that the stele is
a 105 cm. length, 65 cm. width and 18 cm. thick.

The Antiquities Minister stressed that the importance of this discovery
lie in the different scripts forming it, resembling the Rosetta Stone
which was inscribed in the ninth year of king “Ptolomy V” ‘s reign
which means two years after this Stele was inscribed.

The stele is an exact copy of the stele of Philae Temple – Aswan which
dates back also to king “Ptolomy V” that reflects the king’s offering
a huge area of Nubia to the goddess Isis and her priests.

On the other hand, Chief of the Dominican Egyptian Mission, Dr.
Kathleen Martinez added that the mission has been working for six
years at Taposiris Magna Site and made a lot of important discoveries
concerning the history of Alexandria in general. Some of the major
discoveries are tombs of Nobles and a number of statues of the goddess
Isis in addition to many bronze coins belonging to Queen ‘Cleopatra'” – via The EEF.

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