Egyptian holy object sacred objects are in danger of falling to the desert
Egypt’s sacred objects may be in danger, with officials saying the ancient Egyptian hands of Pharaoh Amenhotep III may be lost in the sand.
A group of Egyptian archaeologists have discovered a 2,000-year-old burial chamber containing thousands of artifacts, some dating to the 7th Dynasty of the ancient city of Luxor, the Associated Press reports.
One of the objects, the Temple of the Sun, is thought to contain the hieroglyphics for the Egyptian god Ra, whose name means “sun.”
The hieroglypses are among the most powerful in the world and have become a symbol of Egypt’s identity.
“The fact that it is a temple of Ra is a great source of pride for Egypt,” Egyptian archaeologist Khaled Abdel Rahman, one of the archaeologists, told the AP.
The hierophantics are thought to have been created by an ancient priest, the Great Father, who was a member of the Egyptian pantheon.
He is known as Ra.
“It’s a very important part of our identity as a country,” Abdel Rahman told the Associated Images.
Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities has opened an investigation into the find, but said the team did not find the artifacts in the site.
A temple is built around a mound containing the bones of animals and other objects.
The group said they hoped to excavate a burial chamber with the hierophants remains, but they were unable to reach the site because of the high desert temperature and humidity.
Egypt has one of most ancient burial grounds in the Middle East, but most of the sites are in desert regions and the area is home to only a few people.