Ancient Sun Temple Uncovered in CairoBreaking News
The partially uncovered site is the largest sun temple ever found in the capital's Aim Shams and Matariya districts, where the ancient city of Heliopolis — the center of pharaonic sun worship — was located, Zahi Hawass told The Associated Press.
Among the artifacts was a pink granite statue weighing 4 to 5 tons whose features "resemble those of Ramses II," said Hawass, head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities.
Also found was a 5-foot-high statue of a seated figure with hieroglyphics that include three tablets with the name of Ramses II — and a 3-ton head of royal statue, the council said in a statement.
The green pavement stones of the temple's floor were also uncovered.
An Egyptian team working in cooperation with the German Archaeological Mission in Egypt discovered the site under the Souq al-Khamis, a popular market in eastern Cairo, Hawass said.
"The market has to be removed" as archeologists excavate the entire site, Hawas said.
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