Remains of a 2,200 year old temple have been found in Egypt
Temple ruins dating back 2,200 years have been unearthed in Egypt’s western desert.
Archaeologists have discovered the Greco-Roman remains which include statues of a man and lions.
The discovery was made by experts working on an excavation site near the Siwa Oasis and the border with Libya.
Two limestone lions have been found at the site near the Siwa Oasis
The ruins include stone walls and the temple’s main entrance, which leads to a courtyard and entrances to other chambers.
Head archaeologist Abdel-Aziz al-Demiri said artifacts uncovered include a sculpture of a man’s head and two limestone lions, as well as pottery, fragments and coins were also found at the site.
The remains are believed to date back to between the second century BC and third century AD, according to the Egyptian Antiquities Ministry.
They were found at the Al-Salam site – around 200 miles south of the Mediterranean Sea.
Experts are expected to find more ruins as they continue working on the site in Egypt
The excavation work continues and archaeologist expect to find more temple remains later this year.
Speaking to the National Geographic, explorer and space archaeologist Sarah Parcak said: “What’s amazing is you don’t tend to hear every day of new temples found in Egypt. It’s going to shed more light on the history of Siwa Oasis.”
The Siwa Oasis lies 30 miles east of the Libyan border and about 350 miles from Cairo.
Ruins there are a popular tourist destination and the area is famous for being visited by Alexander the Great who was told he would be the divine king of Egypt at the site.
Source: The Sun UK