Egypt: Large inscribed limestone blocks unearthed

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Posted: Jun 27, 2011 3:46 PM
Egypt: Large inscribed limestone blocks unearthed

French archaeologists have unearthed hundreds of 3,000-year-old colored limestone blocks believed to have been used to build the sacred lake walls of a temple dedicated to the goddess Mut.

Egypt's minister of antiquities, Zahi Hawass, says the blocks were unearthed in San El-Hagar in northern Egypt. Hawass said in a statement Monday the blocks may have belonged to King Osorkon II of the 22nd Dynasty (945-718 B.C.) and been used for either a temple or a chapel.

The French mission has so far cleaned 120 blocks, 78 of which have inscriptions.

San El-Hagar was known as Tanis during the pharaonic era. It is one of the oldest Egyptian cities and contains many temples belonging to the god Amun.