CAIRO: Brickwork has been unearthed during excavation work south of Cairo’s Fatimid Wall, Antiquities Minister Mamdouh al-Damaty announced Wednesday.
“Studies and scientific research will be carried out by specialists to determine whether the new find is a part of the 10th Century enclosure wall built by the Fatimid Dynasty to surround Cairo,” Damaty stated.
Damaty called on officials from the Historic Cairo Restoration Project to accelerate the excavation work in the area to uncover the remains of the wall.
“The walls, along with four protective gates built of sandstone, were founded in 970s by Jawhar al- Sakaly, the army leader of El Mui’z Li-Dinellah, the first Fatimid Caliph who conquered Egypt in 969,” Head of Historic Cairo Restoration Project Mohamed Abdel Aziz previously told The Cairo Post.
The walls, which were built also for management and administrative purposes, took a rectangular shape measuring 400 meters from east to west and 550 meters from north to south, according to Abdel Aziz.
“The wall was wide enough for two horsemen to ride side by side on top of it,” said Abdel Aziz.