Middle East, Egypt: The Arab Treasures, Burials and Antiquities Department has recently reported a discovery of an ancient statue that looks like a spook and the remains of Claudius’ cabin near the temple of Egypt.
The reports have stated that “Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Archaeology announced, Monday, the discovery of a statue of Abu Hul and the remains of Claudius’ cabin near the Temple of Dandra in Qena Governorate, southern of the country.”
Furthermore, “The Egyptian archaeological mission from Ain Shams University succeeded in uncovering limestone cabin remains dating back to the Roman era, Mustafa Waziri, the Secretary General of the Supreme Council for Archeology, Mustafa Waziry, said in a statement.”
In addition, the statue was discovered as “In which a temple of the god Horus was found in the Roman era, during the archaeological excavations in the area located at the east of the Temple of Dandara in Qena Governorate, Qena Governorate Waziri the Aromanian Age”.
In his remarks, The Minister of Archeology, who heads the mission, Mamdouh Damati, stated that the “remains of the cabin consisted of a two-level platform with a base and sloped floors, found inside a red brick water basin covered in slopes, which can be dated back to the Byzantine era.”
“During basin cleaning, a limestone statue of a Roman emperor was found, wearing a headscarf known as an Austrian, with a cobra snake on the forehead, indicating that preliminary examination of the statue’s face suggests it was likely to belong to Emperor Claudius,” he added.
Damati further described the statue as “wonderful, as his face is characterized by meticulously depicted royal features and a slight smile on his lips with dimples on both sides, the remains of yellow and red on his face, and a painting from the Roman era was found in hieroglyphic and demotic inscription below the statue.”
Notably, the Archeology Ministry said the mission would continue excavations in the area of the Temple of Horus, east of the Temple of Dandra in front of the ISIS Gate to unveil the path connecting them.
The archaeologists have also confirmed that the mission began excavation work in mid-February last month, carrying out a radar scanning of the ministerial halls at the Dandra Temple, and a magnetic and radar scanning of a region which is located at the east of the Sur surrounding the temple in front of the Isis Gate along with the knowledge of a team from the Institute for Astronomical and Geophysical Research, according to the statement.