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NEWS: Astonishing archaeological discoveries help rewrite the history of the Ancient Egyptian harbour

 

Stela in Egyptian pharaonic style of Roman date depicts (from left to right) images of Hathor/Isis, an emperor whose name is lost, Harpocrates standing on a podium, and Min/Pan (Source: Luxor Times).

 “Dr. Mamdouh El Damaty, Minister of Antiquities, announced today the discoveries were made by mission of the Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology, University of Warsaw (co-director Dr. Iwona Zych) and the University of Delaware, USA (co-director Dr. Steven E. Sidebotham) at the site of Berenike on the Red Sea coast. Berenike is located 825km south of Suez and 255km east of Aswan.

The harbor site was considered Roman-Ptolemaic but the latest discoveries shows that it was used a long period prior including Amenemhat IV cartouche of Middle Kingdom on a sandstone stele. 

The mission continued a geomagnetic survey of Berenike and also excavated in whole or in part 12 trenches during the last season. Participants included dozens of staff from the USA, Poland, the UK, Spain, Romania, Canada, the Netherlands, Sweden and Egypt together with approx. 76 locally recruited Bedouin workmen.
The discoveries of the last season include parts of the enterance to Serapis temple, several inscription fragments, stelae, three first century human burials: two of males and one for a female, Ptolemaic urban defenses and hydraulic facilities” – via Luxor Times. 

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