2nd Century Roman Temple Unearthed In Aswan, Egypt

AncientPages.com - The remains of a sandstone temple dating back to the 2nd century CE, during Egypt's Roman period, has been unearthed by the Egyptian Excavation Field School at the Kom Al-Rasras archaeological site in Aswan, Egypt, reports Ahram Online.

Remains of the Roman Temple, Aswan

The temple bears the cartouches of a number of Roman emperors such as Domitian (81-96 CE), Hadrian (117-138 CE) and Antonius Pius (138-161 CE).

Aditionally, the temple's sanctuary has been discovered and it consists of three chambers. The sanctuary leads to a cross-sectional hall connected to another hall, which is accessed by a sandstone ramp.

Remains of the Roman Temple, Aswan, Egypt

Remains of the Roman Temple, Aswan, Egypt. Image credit: Ministry of Antiquities via Ahram Online

Remains of the Roman Temple, Aswan

Inside the temple, the excavators found remains of stone engraving with stars representing the sky, possibly a part of the temple's ceiling.

“The discovered site might be connected to Gebel Al-Silsila area and the temple was most probably a part of the residential area of the quarry workers,” Ayman Ashmawy, head of ancient Egyptian antiquities at the Ministry of Antiquities, told Ahram Online.

He also said that the hieroglyphic name of the site is “Khenu" and is engraved on one of the discovered blocks connecting the site to the residential city.

See also earlier discoveries at Gebel El Silsila, 65 kilometres north of Aswan, Egypt:

Gebel El Silsila: Remains Of Long-Lost New Kingdom Temple Found 

Niches With Six Figures Cut In Rock Discovered At Gebel Al-Silsila, Aswan

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