Excavation of King Ramses II shrine in Matariya complete

Nevine El-Aref , Thursday 25 Oct 2018

parts of thrine

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

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


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

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 King Ramses II but throughout the Ramesside period.

silos found

the lintel

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