Monday, 27 June 2011

Painted blocks used in Osorkon II’s temple unearthed

French excavators working at the San El-Hagar archaeological site have unearthed hundreds of painted limestone blocks which were once used in the construction of the temple of the XXII dynasty king Osorkon II.

Zahi Hawass, Minister of State for Antiquities, reported by Ahram Online, said studies on site showed these blocks were dismantled and reused in the construction of edifices during the Late Ancient Egyptian period and the Ptolemaic era.

Philip Brousseau, head of the French mission, claims the newly discovered blocks were reused in the construction of the enclosed wall of goddess Mut’s sacred lake, which the mission has been working hard to locate since last year. The lake is 30 meters in width, 12 meters long and six meters deep.

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