Rare 2,500-year-old relief discovered in Egypt

Rare 2,500-year-old relief discovered in Egypt

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A team of Swedish archaeologists has discovered a strange 2,500-year-old relief on a wall, depicting two pharaonic deities, Egyptian officials explained Tuesday.

The discovery, one of several finds by a team from the University of Lund (Sweden), was made near Aswan, 850 kilometers from the capital Cairo, in a quarry that was used to build the famous temples of Karnak and Luxor .

The wall relief «It is one of the few sculptures available that combine the two deities: Amun-Ra and Thot“Ali al-Asfar, head of antiquities of Upper Egypt, explained to AFP. Thot, the ancient god of wisdom, is depicted with the body of a man and the face of an Ibis, a sacred bird.

The other findings include a sphinx statue and another relief showing two obelisks, which experts say could date from the time of the 18th Dynasty, of the queen Hatshepsut.

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