Ancient ritual tools discovered at a pharaonic site in Egypt


Cairo: Egyptian archaeologists have unearthed ancient tools once used in religious rituals at the site of a temple in Kafr el-Sheikh province, north of the capital Cairo, the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities said. in a press release.

According to the statement released on Saturday, the objects discovered include part of a limestone pillar in the shape of the goddess Hathor, a group of earthenware incense burners, a set of clay pots, a collection of statuettes, a purely gilded Udjat eye. and remains of gold scales, reports the Xinhua News Agency.

“This is one of the important findings because it includes the tools that were actually used to perform the daily religious rituals of Goddess Hathor,” said Mostafa Waziri, head of the ministry’s Supreme Antiquities Council.

They also unearthed ivory reliefs depicting everyday life, including women carrying offerings, as well as plants, birds and animals, in addition to a large limestone lintel with hieroglyphic texts and part of ‘a painting of a king performing rituals in the temple, according to Ayman Ashmawy. , head of the ancient Egyptian antiquities sector at the ministry.

Ashmawy added that they found hieroglyphic inscriptions bearing names and titles of ancient Egyptian kings dating back over 2,500 years.

For his part, Hossam Ghoneim, director general of antiquities of Kafr el-Sheikh and head of the archaeological mission, said that a large limestone well and a mud brick bath were also discovered.

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Posted on: Tuesday, September 21, 2021, 7:00 a.m. IST

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