Remains of 2,600-year-old mudbrick walls and several artefacts that can be dated to different periods of the ancient Egyptian era, as well as four furnaces from the Late Period, were discovered by an Egyptian excavation mission from the Ministry of Antiquities at Tel El-Pharaeen archaeological site. The find was announced in a Tuesday press statement by the ministry.
The mud walls recovered in the dig would have formed the architectural axis of the temple which is located in Kafr El-Sheikh governorate in an area also known as “Buto”, said Ayman Ashmawy, head of the Ancient Egyptian Antiquities Sector at the ministry. He added that the furnaces may have been used for the preparation of offerings presented to deities inside the temple.
Moreover, the foundation of two limestone columns that may have once been parts of the temple’s pillars hall, in addition to a limestone statue of king Psmatik I seated on a throne and holding a royal handkerchief in his right hand, were discovered.
On the other hand, Hossam Ghoneim, head of the excavation mission said that the mission uncovered the upper part of the god Hur’s statue engraved in quartzite, remains of inscription bearing the name of the Buto, part of a granite royal hand with the remains of a royal cartouche of king Psmatik I, part of The Menit Necklace (the symbol of goddess Hathor), in addition to a collection of pottery.