Photography: Ministry of Tourism & Antiquities

Archaeologists working in Egypt’s Hill of the Pharaohs have uncovered ancient pillars and artefacts belonging to a lost 11-acre temple complex.

The remains were uncovered during the ongoing excavation of Tell El Fara’in in the rural Kafr El Sheikh region, north of Cairo in the Nile Delta. The ancient city was a sacred place dedicated to the goddess of Wadjet – a snake-headed or snake-bodied deity considered the protector of Lower Egypt.

Credit: Egypt Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities

The site (known as Buto to the Greeks) had already yielded several finds, including gold and ivory objects and hieroglyphic paintings, but archaeologists have now uncovered three limestone pillars, believed to be part of a colonnaded hall added to the temple during Egypt’s Late Period (525-332 BCE).

Other artefacts were also unveiled, including ceramics, engraved stone, and a painting of a bird’s head, which could be a depiction of another ancient goddess.

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