Two new discoveries in Aswan.

كتب: هدير احمد شوقى - 2018-01-11 16:09:34

During excavation work carried out in Tel Edfu site, an Egyptian-American archaeological mission from the University of Chicago, headed by Dr. Nadine Mueller and Dr. Gregory Marward uncovered a Late Fifth Dynasty administrative complex. Meanwhile, the Egyptian archaeological mission working in the dewatering project in Kom Ombo temple discovered four artifacts on the western side of the temple. Dr. Mostafa Waziri Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities explains that the administrative complex is the oldest archeological evidence found in Tel Edfu till now as the earliest archaeological evidence previously found dates back to the second half of the 6th dynasty. on her part, Dr. Mueller considers the newly discovered complex as the most important although the mission started the excavation works on site in 2014. She explains that the complex sheds light on the royal expeditions organized during the 5th Dynasty (the era of King DjedKaRe Isesi). It also shows that the internal structures of the complex were once used as a storehouses for the products and goods of these expeditions sent by the king to bring minerals and precious stones from the eastern desert. Dr. Marward pointed out that inside the complex a collection of artifacts were discovered. It includes of a collection of 220 mud brick stamps of King DjedKare Isesi and the official names of the workers who participated in the excavations and mining works such as commander "Sementio”. Shells from the Red-Sea and Nubian pots were found as well as fragments of mining activities. King Djed Ka Re Assis reign was characterized by a large number of royal expeditions to Wadi Al-Maghara in South Sinai, to extract raw materials, especially copper in addition to the famous trip to Punt to get goods not available in Egypt. Dr. Ayman Ashmawi, Head of the Egyptian Antiquities Sector at the Ministry said that, the uncovered artifacts in Kom Ombo temple includes a limestone stelae, for a man and his wife representing offerings to a seated deity who lost his legs. The measures of the stelae is about 40x27 cm and the upper part of its left side is missing. A sandstone statue depicting a seated man is also found as well as two sandstone statues of god Horus in the form of falcon without any inscriptions.

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