Excavation of Ramses II shrine in Matariya completed

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An archaeological mission from Egypt’s Ain Shams University has completed the excavation of a shrine to Ramses II discovered last year in Cairo’s Matariya district.

Excavation of Ramses II shrine in Matariya completed
Credit: Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities



The head of the mission Mamdouh El-Damaty explains that the shrine was once used during festivals.

Excavation of Ramses II shrine in Matariya completed
Credit: Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities



The mission has also unearthed a collection of lintels, scarabs, amulets, clay pots and blocks engraved with hieroglyphic text.

Excavation of Ramses II shrine in Matariya completed
Credit: Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities



El-Damaty says the discovery is important because it is a unique shrine from the New Kingdom that was used for the Heb Sed festival, not only during the reign of Ramses II but throughout the Ramesside period.

Author: Nevine El-Aref | Source: Ahram Online [October 25, 2018]

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