A team of US archaeologists from New York University have unearthed over 2,000 mummified sheep heads in an Egyptian temple at Abydos.
Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered more than 2,000 ancient mummified sheep heads left as offerings in a temple to the pharaoh Ramses II, the tourism and antiquities ministry said Sunday.
Mummies of dogs, goats, cows, gazelles and mongooses were also exhumed by a team of US archaeologists from New York University at Abydos, a site in southern Egypt famous for its temples and tombs.
Sameh Iskandar, head of the American mission, said the ram heads were “offerings” indicating “a cult to Ramses II celebrated 1,000 years after his death”.
Ramses II reigned over Egypt for nearly seven decades, from 1304 to 1237 BC.
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Mostafa Waziri, head of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, said the finds will help people know more about the temple of Ramses II and the activities which took place there from its construction between 2374 and 2140 BC and the Ptolemaic period, from 323 to 30 BC.
A former minister of archaeology and professor of archaeology at Ain Shams University said that a “magnificent” smiling sphinx of a Roman emperor was found at an ancient Egypt site.
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