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Be forewarned: The writer of this blog is an extremely cynical, snarky, pro-US, secular, libertarian, disgruntled sandmonkey. If this is your cup of tea, please enjoy your stay here. If not, please sod off

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

A temple discoverd in cairo

And discoverd under Souq El Khamees- an open-air "marketplace" for middle and lower class egyptians. Imagine that! Archaeologists discovered a pharaonic sun temple with large statues believed to be of King Ramses II under an outdoor marketplace in Cairo, Egypt's antiquities chief said Sunday.

The partially uncovered site is the largest sun temple ever found in the capital's Aim Shams and Matariya districts, where the ancient city of Heliopolis — the center of pharaonic sun worship — was located, Zahi Hawass told The Associated Press.

Among the artifacts was a pink granite statue weighing 4 to 5 tons whose features "resemble those of Ramses II," said Hawass, head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities.


An Egyptian team working in cooperation with the German Archaeological Mission in Egypt discovered the site under the Souq al-Khamis, a popular market in eastern Cairo, Hawass said.

"The market has to be removed" as archaeologists excavate the entire site, Hawass said.

The poor merchants, first the bird flu hysteria and now this. Hmmm...

But how weird will that be for the people living around it? I mean, one day you are living infront of souq al Khamis, the other you are living in front of a pharaonic temple. Heh..


At 3/01/2006 02:28:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love Zahi Hawass... that guy is great!! He's really got a great and infectious spirit!



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