Egyptian mission finds remains of Roman fort in Aswan

Tue, 2021-01-19 17:15

CAIRO:�The Egyptian archaeological mission working at the Shiha
Fort site in the Aswan Governorate has discovered the remnants of a
Roman fort, including part of a church from the early Coptic
period, and a temple from the Ptolemaic dynasty.

Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of
Antiquities, said the mission discovered a group of architectural
elements of the Ptolemaic temple inside the fort as well as an
incomplete sandstone panel, with pictures of the model of the
temple entrance, a man in the form of a Roman emperor, and four
sandstone blocks engraved with palm leaves.

The mission also found a clay vase and part of a red-brick vault
dating back to the Coptic era.

“The mission has completed the work of uncovering the remains
of the monastery and the church, and there are indications they
were built on the ruins of a fort. German archaeologist Hermann
Junker was able to uncover part of it between 1920 and 1922. That
mission revealed the extension of the remnants of a mud-brick wall
surrounding the Shiha church from the western side,†Mohamed
Abdel-Badi, head of the Central Department of Antiquities of Upper
Egypt, said.

During excavations, Abdel-Badi expected to find the remains of a
marina. “The area was a quarry for cutting stones during the
Ptolemaic period and, naturally, there was a marina that was used
to transport these stones to build forts and temples,†he
said.

He explained that work is still underway to uncover the remains
of the fort.

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