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

The Egyptian archaeological mission working at the Temple of the Pharaohs (Boto) in Kafr El-Sheikh governorate has 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 significant as it included the tools that were actually used to perform the daily religious rituals of the goddess Hathor. It is likely that the tools were quickly placed under a group of stacked stone blocks. Regularly, the highest sand mound south of Goddess Wajit Temple is Pharaohs Hill (Phutu).

Ayman Ashmawy, head 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 the religious and ceremonial rituals of the goddess Hathor. Additionally, 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 golden scales used in the gilding of some other pieces.

He pointed out that the mission had discovered a magnificent group of ivory scenes depicting women bearing offerings, scenes from the daily life of mares in the delta, 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 temple of Bhutto. 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 26th Dynasty kings.

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

Ruth R. Culp