New find in ancient Piramesse

07-02-2017 08:39 PM

Sanaa’ Farouk


The Antiquities Ministry has posted news that colourful wall paintings, mortar-pits

with feet impressions of children, and moulds for royal amulets were discovered in

Piramesse ancient City (recently known as Qantir) in East Delta.

The ministry’s post said that the Piramesse excavation team of the Roemer- and

Pelizaeus-Museum in Hildesheim in Germany has uncovered parts of a building

complex as well as a mortar pit with children footprints and a painted wall.

Head of the Ancient Egyptian Antiquities Department, Mahmoud Afifi describes

the building complex as " truly monumental" with its extension of about 200 x 160

metres. The layout indicates that the building must have very likely been a palace

or a temple.

Mission Director Henning Franzmeier explains that based on the results of the

magnetic measurements carried out last year in order to determine the structure of

the ancient city, a field was rented beneath which relevant structures were to be

expected. In this area parts of a building complex are located.

In additionto the archaeological potential of the site, he went on, it had been

chosen for its proximity to the edges of the modern village of Qantir which

endangers with its fast growth the antiquities beneath the agricultural fields around.

“The finds and archaeological features uncovered are most promising,” Franzmeier

pointed out, adding that just a couple of centimetres beneath the surface a

multitude of walls was uncovered. They can all be dated to the pharaonic period.

The team has also found a mortar pit extending at least 2.5 x 8 metres. It still

preserves a layer of mortar at the bottom which shows footprints of children which

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most probably mixed the components of the mortar. Even more extraordinary is the

filling of the pit as it consists of smashed pieces of painted wall plaster. 

“No motifs are recognisable so far but we are certainly dealing with the remains of

large-scale multi-coloured wall paintings,” said Franzmeier. The team has cleaned

it in situ. Future work should see comprehensive excavation of all fragments

followed by permanent conservation and the reconstruction of motifs.

Watani International

7 February 2017

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