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Notes on a Temple of Ramses II. in Iunu / Heliopolis

 
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 02, 2016 11:17 pm    Post subject: Notes on a Temple of Ramses II. in Iunu / Heliopolis Reply with quote

MSA Press release - 27.09.2016 :

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"The Egyptian-German Archaeological Mission at Matariya archaeological site discovered new evidences that may lead to a temple of king Ramses II. Dr Mahmud Afifi, Head of the ancient Egyptian Sector at the Ministry of Antiquities stated that these evidences were uncovered about 450 meters to the west of the obelisk of King Senusret I in Matariya as the mission stumbled upon a number of blocks from the temple courtyards and fragments of the temple statuary. Further north, He went on, a new group of large blocks was yielded in the southern part of the area.

They show King Ramses II anointing a divinity. His name is rendered by a rather rare variant “Paramessu”. Dr. Ayman Ashmawi, Co director of the mission said that the recent find was part of the decoration of the innermost rooms of the temple. Further groups of relief fragments attest for king Ramses II as builder of this temple. "It confirms the hypothesis that Ramses II showed special interest in Heliopolis in the later decades of his long reign of almost 70 years," He confirms. In addition, Dr. Dietrich Raue, co-director of the mission, reported about the second area of excavations in the southeast of the innermost enclosure of the temple. He said that houses and workshops of a mid-Ptolemaic stratum are currently under excavation. Among other finds in the area are faience amulets and metal tools were found in this area."

Slide-show of photos : Ministry of Antiquities on Facebook.

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