Egypt uncovers ancient workshop in Aswan

Source: Xinhua| 2019-02-26 18:39:33|Editor: xuxin
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CAIRO, Feb. 26 (Xinhua) -- An Egyptian-Sweden archaeological mission has discovered a workshop for making architect materials in the southern province of Aswan, the Ministry of Antiquities said in a statement on Tuesday.

"The workshop dates back to the New Kingdom of Egypt, especially the period from 1391 B.C. to 1353 B.C.," the statement added.

The workshop, located in the region of the "Chain of Mountains" in Aswan, was special in creating the statues, pillars and compartments, said Mostafa Waziri, Secretary General of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA).

Inside the workshop, a five-meter long giant statue, known as criosphinx, a sphinx with head of a ram, was found, Waziri said.

Meanwhile, Abdel Monem Saeed, head of Nuba and Aswan Antiquities Authority, said the excavation mission has also found a small statue resembling snake of cobra that could be made to crown the head of the criosphinx.

He added hundreds of stone fractions with Egyptian hieroglyphs, as well as parts of obelisk and remains of a falcon statue have been unearthed at the site.

Over the past years, Egypt has witnessed several big archaeological discoveries, including pharaonic tombs, statues, coffins, mummies, burial sites and funerary gardens.