Two relics – an ancient Egyptian wall relief and a Greek temple façade – thought to be around 3,800 years old, were unearthed in Egypt’s Red Sea port of Berenice, according to a statement made by the Ministry of Antiquities.
The items were unearthed by an excavation project carried out by a Polish archaeological mission in collaboration with Warsaw University. Several coffins from different historic eras were also found.
“One of the reliefs dates back to the Middle Kingdom Pharoah Amenemhat IV (1822.C-1812.C.), while the second, which is in a bad state of preservation, belongs to the Second Intermediate Period (1680 B.C.-1580 B.C.)” said Minister of Antiquities Mamdouh El-Damaty.
“Parts of Berenice Temple’s façade, three tombs dating back to Egypt’s Roman Empire (30 B.C.-395 A.D.), coffins and several reliefs carved with ancient Egyptian and Greek texts were also unearthed in this site,” continued El-Damaty.
The Polish mission uncovered the new archaeological site near the seaport after analysing satellite footage of the port and its surrounding area.
A number of blocks of stone engraved with lotus and papyrus flowers, a standing goddess and Greek texts were also found. These texts, according to El-Damaty, are words of offering to the temple’s gods.