NEWS: Parts of King Nectanebo I’s shrine uncovered in Cairo

Basalt blocks of King Nectanebo I’s shrine were unearthed today in Matariya area in Ain Shams, Cairo (Source: Ahram Online).

“Minister of Antiquities Mamdouh Eldamaty told Ahram Online that the mission also uncovered small limestone blocks of a number of columns and the ceiling of the temple of 30th Dynasty King Nectanebo I. The ceiling is decorated with stars.

Parts of Kings Meneptah and Nectanebo I statues were also found along with a collection of mud bricks used in the fence that once surrounded Oun.
Mahmoud Afifi, head of the Ancient Egypt Department at the antiquities ministry, explained that the sizes of the newly discovered blocks of the shrine range between 75cm and 1.25 cm, carved in Basalt and engraved with the different names of Egypt’s regions at that time.
Other blocks are decorated with scenes depicting the god Hapi holding offerings. Further excavation is now in full swing in an attempt to unearth more of the shrine’s blocks, in order to restore it to its original form.
Oun is one of the oldest cities of ancient Egypt, the capital of the 13th Lower Egyptian nome. Today, it is mostly destroyed, its temples and other buildings used for the construction of medieval Cairo” – via Ahram Online.


2 comments on “NEWS: Parts of King Nectanebo I’s shrine uncovered in Cairo

  1. Dear Gemma, I have been enjoying your work for about a year and tweet often. This particular entry would have knocked my socks off if I had been wearing any (I am in Florida). In June I published an historical fiction around this Pharaoh’s dynasty “Hidden From the Face of Humans; A Mystery of the Last Egyptian Dynasty”. After seven years of research, there was precious little left from this, what I believe to have been, a stable a progressive reign – a last hurrah. http://amzn.to/1L8gni6 in case you wish to take a peek. Please keep up your dedicated work!

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