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Archaeologists find remains of second century Roman-era temple in Egypt

The temple, which dates back to the reign of Roman Emperor Antoninus Pius, was found near the Siwa Oasis in the western desert. It includes the foundations of a large limestone building.

world Updated: May 10, 2018 17:10 IST
Associated Press, Cairo
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A handout picture released by Egypt's antiquities ministry shows a fresco found in the ancient tomb of an army general named Iwrhya, discovered by archaeologists in Saqqara, 25 km south of the Egyptian capital Cairo.(AFP)

Egypt says archaeologists have uncovered the remains of a temple dating back to the second century.

The antiquities ministry said on Thursday that the temple, which dates back to the reign of Roman Emperor Antoninus Pius, was found near the Siwa Oasis in the western desert. It includes the foundations of a large limestone building.

Abdel-Aziz al-Dimeiry, head of the archaeological mission, said they found a five-metre-long limestone painting bearing Greek inscriptions and decorated with the sun disc surrounded by cobras.

He says the painting, which is believed to be part of the temple’s entrance, was found in good condition and will undergo restoration.

First Published: May 10, 2018 17:10 IST