Skip to comments.Dutch Archaeologists Uncover Earliest Egyptian Temple 
Posted on 01/26/2008 6:59:13 AM PST by SunkenCiv
During excavations at Tel Ibrahim Awad in the eastern Nile Delta, Dutch archaeologists discovered a large Middle Kingdom temple. Beneath this building, which dates from around 2000 BC, there were traces of five earlier temples, the earliest dating back to around 3100 BC... The ground plan of the earliest of these temples is unlike anything previously discovered in Egypt, and no other sites are known where a similar series of temples was built one on top of the other and which date back so far. The archaeologists do not yet know which gods were worshipped in the temples. In the third-earliest, they discovered about a thousand "disposable ritual objects", including statuettes of baboons and pottery... Alongside the temple, a burial ground was discovered containing 50 small-scale tombs from various periods. Excavation of a large First Dynasty tomb (about 3000 BC) uncovered rich finds of pottery and of stone and bronze vessels.
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Dig Offers a Rare Peek at 'Pre-Dynastic' EgyptSo far, excavators have unearthed six temples built atop one another on the site at Tel Ibrahim Awad, about halfway between Cairo and Suez in the eastern delta. The deepest of these is dated to 3100-3200 B.C. and has a ground layout unlike anything ever before discovered in Egypt... Moreover, drillings last year detected yet another, even deeper temple that may date as far back as 3400 B.C... Archaeologists discovered Tel Ibrahim Awad during a survey in the mid-1980s... Soundings detected a Middle Kingdom temple (around 2000 B.C.), traces of at least five other temples, and a First Dynasty (about 3000 B.C.) tomb and cemetery with traces of a nearby settlement... van Haarlem and a changing cast of colleagues have shaved the site layer by layer. The newest temple was 125 feet long by 47 feet wide, but as the team went deeper, the buildings started to shrink. The last excavated temple is only 23 feet long by 13 feet wide... the uniqueness of the oldest excavated level may be explained because construction took place before Narmer unified Upper (southern) and Lower (northern) Egypt and established the pharaonic dynasties that ruled the country for nearly three millennia... Egypt had at least a partly agricultural economy as early as 5000 B.C., and archaeologists have uncovered royal tombs dating back as far as 4000 B.C. By the time Narmer unified Egypt from his base in southern Hierakonpolis, local chieftains had evolved into the kings of Upper and Lower Egypt.
by Guy Gugliotta
Monday, April 17, 2000
Dynasty 0 (Egyptian colonies in Canaan)
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Posted on 11/28/2004 12:48:47 AM EST by SunkenCiv
This is a new topic, but the underlying story is from eight years ago.
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Perhaps that explains a lot of what's going on over there.
How interesting! A First Dynasty temple. Always new stuff turning up in Egypt.
Unless they’re talking about something akin to paper plates, wouldn’t the ‘disposable ritual objects” like statuettes be more properly explained as sacred offerings which is why they weren’t disposed of?
From the article: Only five percent of Egypt is habitable, so that archaeological research has to compete with land cultivation, infrastructure and urban expansion.”
Egypt continues to be an economic basketcase in the modern world whose major assets are it’s past and the exploitation of its known and unknown archeological finds.
Considering the poverty, why doesn’t Egypt just assign each Egyptian a specific hectare of subsurface land for his exclusive right to lease out to archeologists for digs.
This would be sort of like the people who own mineral rights in Texas and can lease them out to oil exploration companies.
You could rotate the ownership so everyone would have a turn at leasing out the ‘bonanza’ areas of interest and end the poverty.
Hawas could be the new land commissioner with almost Pharonic powers.
Sundance to Butch: You just keep on thinkin’ Butch. That’s what you do best.
Hmm... Technically, it is very old stuff. :-)
Yes, I remembered that just when it was too late to fix it!
“Unless theyre talking about something akin to paper plates,”
Uh, shouldn’t that be papyrus plates?......;]
3100-3200 BC, huh? That’s just a few years after Newgrange was started. If they keep digging in both places, they’ll find Atlantis exit visas.
If they’re in northern (”lower”) Egypt, that’s the Delta area, and it’s always been marshy. Water table is high, channels shift, etc.
If they’re in southern (”upper”) Egypt, the Aswan High Dam has raised the water levels, stopped the annual Inundation, and put some of the ancient monuments under water or nearly so.
If it is that long before Narmer (and nearly 1000 years before the pyramids at Giza), then it is before the 0th dynasty so-called King Scorpio, IMHO.
Sealevels rise and fall due to natural climate cycles (which last centuries) and changes in elevation (tectonic stress, isostatic rebound, whatever).
Glassmakers key to Egypt’s status
BBC | Friday, 17 June, 2005 | staff
Posted on 06/24/2005 12:31:27 PM EDT by SunkenCiv
Ruins of 7,000-year-old city found in Egypt oasis
Source: ABC (Australia) | January 30, 2008 - 9:47AM | U/A
Posted on 01/30/2008 12:36:38 AM EST by Fred Nerks
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