Egypt Ramesses II temple found in Upper Egypt

July 16th, 2010 - 2:05 pm ICT by ANI  

Rome, July 16 (ANI): The remains of a 3,000 year old temple dating from the reign of ancient Egyptian pharaoh Rameses II have been unearthed in the excavations in Upper Egypt’s Ehnasia archaeological area.

Ramesses II ruled Egypt from 1279-1213 BC and was the son of Seti I, whose secret ‘tomb within a tomb’ was uncovered in June in the Valley of the Kings in central Egypt.

“Inside the remains of this temple, excavators uncovered ten cartouches of Ramesses II and beneath them a relief saying that the ruler had built this temple for himself in Ehnasia,” the Adnkronos Culture And Media quoted

Sabri Abdel Aziz of Egypt’s Supreme Archaeology as saying.

A collection of terracotta statues depicting Isis, Aphrodite and Horus were found inside along with pots and clay lamps, he said.

The team of archaeologists will continue excavation of the temple during the next archaeological season, Aziz added.

Ramesses II is regarded as one of Egypt’s most powerful pharaohs and was nicknamed ‘the Great Ancestor’ by his successors. (ANI)

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