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One of the Four Lost Sun Temples Found

One of the Four Lost Sun Temples Found
One of the Four Lost Sun Temples Found
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A joint Italian-Polish archaeological mission working at the temple of King Nyuserre at Abu Ghrab , north of AbuSir, discovered the remains of an adobe building below the temple, and preliminary research indicates it may be one of four Sun temples lost from the Fifth Dynasty .

Mostafa Waziri , Secretary General of the High Council of Antiquities and Monuments , stated that excavations will continue to reveal more in this building.

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Waziri said that the remains of the discovered structure were accessed through a limestone entrance opening to the area between the warehouses in the north and the large courtyard in the west, an area with a mud-brick floor and huge blocks.

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One of the Four Lost Sun Temples Found

There Might Be Many More Ruins in the Area

Ayman Ashmawy of the High Council of Antiquities and Monuments  noted that the remains of the discovered building show that it was made of mud brick and that it was partially removed by Nyuserre to build his temple, noting that many of them belonged to this building. Pottery vessels that may have been used in the founding ceremonies of the oldest temple were also discovered in this area .

Rosanna Birley, head of mission at the University of Naples, said there were also many fragments of clay seals bearing royal names, including the Hurricane name of the Fifth Dynasty King “Shepskare”, about whom we don’t know much. New discoveries may point to the presence of his activities in this region and may change our knowledge of the history of this king in particular and the Fifth Dynasty in general.

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