Remains of Ramses II discovered in Abusir

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The uncovered remains of a King Ramses II temple were discovered by an Egyptian-Czech Archeological Mission at Abusir archeological site.

The announcement came by Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri in a press release Sunday morning.

He explained in the press release that the discovery comes after the mission had found in 2012 archaeological evidence showing the existence of a temple in this area, a fact that encouraged the mission to resume its excavations in this area and the neighborhood over the last four years.

Dr. Mohammed Meguahed, deputy head of the mission, said that the temple is 32 x 51 metres wide and consists of mud brick foundations of one of its pylons, a large forecourt that leads to the pillar hall, and parts of its halls are painted in blue.

The mission also found at the rear end of the court a staircase or a ramp leading to a sanctuary whose back part is divided into three parallel chambers. The remains of this building were covered by huge deposits of sand and chips of stones.

Dr. Miroslav Barta, the head of the Czech mission, explains that the different relief fragments connected to the cult of the solar deities were found.

In addition, relief fragments depicting scenes of the solar gods “Amun”, “Ra”, and “Nekhbet” were found. This temple is the only evidence of King Ramses II’s in the Memphis necropolis and confirms at the same time the continuation of worshipping of the sun god “Ra” in the region of Abusir, which began since the 5th dynasty and continued until the era of the New Kingdom.

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