CAIRO: Two 3,800 year-old ancient Egyptian wall reliefs and a Greek temple facade were unearthed in the Red Sea port of Berenice, the Antiquities Ministry said in a statement Thursday.
“One of the reliefs dates back to the Middle Kingdom Pharaoh Amenemhat IV (1822.C-1812.C.), while the second, which is in a bad state of preservation, belongs to the Second Intermediate Period (1680B.C.-1580 B.C.),” Antiquities Minister Mamdouh al-Damaty said in a press conference Thursday.
The paintings were unearthed during excavation work carried out by an archaeology mission from the Polish center, in collaboration with the University of Warsaw at the Queen Bernice port on the Red Sea, according to Damaty.
“Parts of Berenice Temple’s façade, three tombs dating back to Egypt’s Roman Empire (30 B.C.-395A.D,) coffins and several reliefs carved with ancient Egyptian and Greek texts were also unearthed in the site,” according to Damaty.
Founded by the Greek king Ptolemy II Philadelphus (285B.C.-246B.C), Berenice is an ancient port city located 800 kilometers south of the Suez Canal, archaeologist Sherif el-Sabban told The Cairo Post Saturday.
“It was founded to deploy trade expeditions to the east African coast in search of gold, elephants, aromatic resins, black wood, ebony, ivory, and wild animals,” said Sabban.
In January 2010, ruins of a 2,000-year-old temple belong to Queen Berenice, wife of King Ptolemy III Euergetes (246B.C.-222B.C.) was excavated in the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria, he added.