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Fertility temple beneath Nile found

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posted on May, 30 2008 @ 09:25 AM
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Fertility temple beneath Nile found


www.zeenews.com

Archaeologists have discovered a portico, or covered entryway, of an ancient Egyptian fertility temple beneath the surface of the Nile River in Egypt.

According to a report in National Geographic News, a team of Egyptian archaeologist-divers found the portico in Aswan while conducting the first-ever underwater surveys of the Nile, which began earlier this year.

The entryway once led to the temple of the ram-headed fertility god Khnum, according to experts.

The temple of Khnum was first erected in the 12th dynasty (1985-1773 BC) or 13th dynasty (1773-1650 BC) and was later rebuilt and expanded under subsequent regimes, including by the "female pharaoh" Hatshepsut (1473-1458 BC)
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posted on May, 30 2008 @ 09:25 AM
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The article goes on to say that it was associated with a nearby nilometer which helped determine taxes based on how high the nile flooded each year.

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posted on May, 30 2008 @ 10:27 AM
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Well done!
It's always interesting to read about new archaeological discoveries.



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