Monday, 8 November 2010

Saudis uncover first pharaoh artefact signed by King Ramses III

Saudi officials today announced the discovery of the country's first-ever artefact from pharaonic culture - a 3100-year-old inscription carrying the signature of King Ramses III.

The inscription was found near the northwestern Saudi oasis town of Tayma, about 200 kilometres southeast of Tabuk, a key stop on ancient trade routes, said Ali al-Ghabban, a senior museums and antiquities official.

The inscription was found on a rock and carries the royal signature of Ramses III with a double cartouche, Ghabban said in a statement.

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