By John Smith •
Published: 26 Mar 2021 • 14:59
Digging at the site
Credit: Egyptian Museum of Barcelona
A TEAM of archaeologists from the Egyptian Museum of Barcelona have made a major discovery whilst digging in Sharuna (Middle Egypt).
They have uncovered the remains of a temple built during the reign of Pharaoh Ptolemy I (304-284 BC) which contained 60 large stone blocks that show spectacular architectural elements, beautiful decorative friezes and very important hieroglyphic texts.
Among the texts discovered, two blocks stand out, containing, exceptionally, the name of Pharaoh Ptolemy I, together with an inscription on the foundation of the temple, its name and the gods to which it was dedicated.
Amazingly, these remains were reused to build a Christian church in the 6th century AD but have remained in perfect condition and were easy to photograph and decipher.
One of the team told the Catalan News Agency that the find was “accidental” and stumbled upon by the Egyptian Minister of Culture whilst trying to arrange the construction of an irrigation canal in 2018.
Thank you for taking the time to read this news article “Major discovery in Egypt made by Barcelona Museum archaeologists”.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
Currently he is acting as Editorial Consultant for the paper helping to shape its future development.
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Fantastic. Geoff from Egyptology Middlesbrough
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