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Old 05-30-2008, 03:01 PM   #1
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3,000-year-old Egyptian city unearthed by archeologists in Sinai

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3,000-year-old Egyptian city unearthed by archeologists in Sinai

28/05/2008 4:20:00 PM

Maamoun Youssef, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
CAIRO, Egypt - Archeologists exploring an old military road in the Sinai have unearthed 3,000-year-old remains from an ancient fortified city, the largest yet found in Egypt, antiquities authorities announced Wednesday.

Among the discoveries at the site was a relief of King Thutmose II (1516-1504 BC), thought to be the first such royal monument discovered in Sinai, said Zahi Hawass, chief of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities. It indicates that Thutmose II may have built a fort near the ancient city, located about three kilometres northeast of present day Qantara and known historically as Tharu.

A 500-by-250-metre mud brick fort with several four-metre-high towers dating to King Ramses II (1304-1237 BC) was unearthed in the same area, he said.

Hawass said early studies suggested the fort had been Egypt's military headquarters from the New Kingdom (1569-1081 BC) until the Ptolemaic era, a period of about 1,500 years.

The ancient military road, known as "Way of Horus," once connected Egypt to Palestine and is close to present-day Rafah, which borders the Palestinian territory of Gaza.
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Thanks for the link, I probably would've missed this.

I'm always amazed by how much we still haven't discovered about the past. We're still learning so much.
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Old 05-30-2008, 04:40 PM   #3
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simply amazing.
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