Egypt discovers ancient tools used in religious rituals at Kafr El-Sheikh

The Egyptian archaeological mission working at the Temple of the Pharaohs (Boto) in the governorate of Kafr El-Sheikh discovered ancient tools used in religious rituals at the temple, as part of the archaeological excavation plan carried out by the Supreme Council of Antiquities.

Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said the find was very important because it included the tools that were actually used to perform the daily religious rituals of Goddess Hathor. It is likely that the tools were quickly placed under a group of stacked stone blocks. Regularly, the tallest mound of sand south of the temple of the goddess Wajit is the Hill of the Pharaohs (Phutu).

Ayman Ashmawy, chief of the Egyptian antiquities sector at the council, said the find included part of a limestone pillar in the form of the goddess Hathor, a group of earthenware incense burners, one of them with the head of the god Horus, and a group of clays used in religious and ceremonial rituals of the goddess Hathor. In addition, there were small statues of the goddess Tawart and the idol Thothi, a small maternity chair, a large offering holder, a pure gold eye of Ujat and the remains of used gold scales. for the gilding of certain other parts.

He pointed out that the mission had uncovered a magnificent group of ivory depicting scenes of women carrying offerings, scenes from the daily life of delta mares including plants, birds and animals, a large limestone lintel with hieroglyphic texts in relief, and part of a royal painting of a king performing religious rituals in the Bhutto temple. And some coins are inscribed with hieroglyphic texts and lines, the five titles of King Psamtik I, and the names of the two kings “Wah Ib Ra” and “Ahmose II” of the kings of the 26th dynasty.

Hossam Ghoneim, general manager of Kafr El-Sheikh Antiquities and head of the archaeological mission, said the mission also discovered a huge polished limestone building from the inside, which is said to be a well for holy water used in rituals. daily. It consists of a bathtub, a water basin and a room for heating the water. The entire bathroom is water cycled at the highest level in terms of water supply or discharge outside of it.

Ruth R. Culp