03 October 2022 07:42 AM

Egypt may be close to finding one of 4 missing sun temples of Abusir

Saturday، 30 July 2022 - 09:21 PM

Preliminary studies indicate that the remains of a mud-brick building recently discovered in Egypt may be one of the four lost sun temples, dating from the mid-25th century BCE.

To date, only two other sun temples have been found, but a joint Italian-Polish archaeological mission uncovered the remains of a mud-brick building buried beneath the temple of King Niuserra at Abu Ghurab, 15 kilometers south of Cairo. The locality lies near Abusir which is the name given to an Egyptian archaeological site – specifically, an extensive necropolis of the Old Kingdom period, together with later additions – in the vicinity of the modern capital Cairo.

Excavations will be completed at the site to reveal more information about the building, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri said in a statement.

The remains indicate that the temple was built of mud bricks before being partially removed by Niuserra to build his temple, Head of the Egyptian Antiquities Sector Ayman Ashmawy said.

Many pottery vessels were discovered at the site, which may have been used in the foundation rituals of the oldest temple, he added.


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