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Ruins of King Ramesses II Temple Discovered in Giza, Egypt

Ruins of King Ramesses II Temple Discovered in Giza, Egypt

Tuesday, 17 October, 2017 - 05:30
A man passes by what appears to be the head of an unearthed statue that workers say depicts King Ramesses II, in Cairo. (Reuters)

The Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities announced that an Egyptian-Czech archaeological mission discovered the remains of the King Ramesses II Temple during an excavation at the Abusir archaeological site in Giza.

Dr. Miroslav Barta, the head of the Czech mission, explained that it discovered the name of King Ramesses inscribed on some artifacts, as well as inscriptions referring to the gods Ra and Amun.

He stressed that the discovery of the Ramesses II Temple provides a unique insight on the king’s activities in the Memphis area.

It also highlights the worship of the sun god Ra who was venerated in Abusir since the Fifth Dynasty and until the age of the New Kingdom.

Ramesses is considered among the greatest pharaohs of Egypt, and his reign ran from 1279 to 1213BC.

Mustafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said that the Egyptian-Czech mission had found in its first excavation season in 2012 archaeological evidence indicating that a full temple exists in the area.

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