Egypt Independent

Spanish mission discovers ancient granite threshold in Fayoum



The Spanish expedition of the Archaeological Museum of Madrid, working in Heracleopolis Magna in the town of Ehansia, Beni Sueif governorate, discovered a large threshold made of red granite while excavating in the Harshaf temple.

The head of the Egyptian Antiquities Sector, Mahmoud Afify, said two cartouches bearing the name of King Sestostris II, one of the kings of the Middle Kingdom of Egypt (1889 – 1895 BCE) who built the Lahon pyramid, 10 km from Ehnasia, were found.

The discovery shows King Sesostris II’s interest in this area and Fayoum in general.

Maria Carmen, Director of the Spanish Archaeological Mission, said that the mission has also discovered numerous levels of construction within the temple, one of which dates back to the early era of the 18th Dynasty, belonging to King Tuhutmose III (1479-1425 BCE), and another one belonging to the era of King Ramses II (1279-1213 BC).