3,000 year old fortified city and four ancient temples discovered in Egypt

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Egyptian archaeologists have discovered a 3,000 year-old fortified city and four ancient temples while working on an ancient military road known as “Way of Horus”. Archaeologists say the discoveries might rewrite the historical and military significance of the Sinai for the ancient Egyptians.

Digging near an old military road in the Sinai, Egyptian archaeologists have discovered an ancient fortified city dating back about 3,000 years. According to Zahi Hawass, Egypt’s top archaeologist, earlier studies suggested the presence of the fortified city which could have been Egypt’s military headquarters from the New Kingdom until the Ptolemaic era. The period between the two ancient historical epochs is about 1,500 years.

Archaeologist Mohammed Abdel-Maqsoud, chief of the excavation team, said that the fortified city corresponds to the inscriptions of the “Way of Horus” found on the walls of a temple in Luxor. The inscriptions illustrated 11 military fortresses strategically placed to defend Egypt’s eastern border. From the 11 fortresses, only 5 have been discovered, writes Stuff.co.nz.

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