Skip to comments.Massive Egyptian Fort Discovered
Posted on 07/23/2007 2:51:56 PM PDT by blam
Massive Egyptian fort discovered
Mon, 23 Jul 2007
Egypt announced on Sunday the discovery of the largest-ever military city from the Pharaonic period on the edge of the Sinai desert, part of a series of forts that stretched to the Gaza border.
"The three forts are part of a string of 11 castles that made up the Horus military road that went from Suez all the way to the city of Rafah on the Egyptian-Palestinian border and dates to the 18th and 19th dynasties (1560-1081 BC)," antiquities supreme Zahi Hawwas said in a statement.
Teams have been digging in the area for the past decade, but the Egyptian discovery of the massive Fort Tharo and the discovery of two other fortresses by French and American teams confirmed the existence of the Horus fortifications described in ancient texts.
Fort Tharo, the military headquarters for the eastern defence of Egypt, had 13-metre thick mud brick walls running 500 metres by 250 metres and was punctuated by 24 huge towers, said a statement from the Supreme Council of Antiquities.
The fortress was surrounded by a water-filled moat which could only be crossed by using a removable wooden bridge, with the fort's administrative buildings, temples, storehouses and market places found nearby.
The entire complex, which was connected by a bridge over the crocodile-infested waters of a now silted up branch of the Nile, was charged with defending Pharaoh Ramses II's northern capital city of Per-Ramesse.
Ramses II of the 19th Dynasty spent 16 years of his long reign battling the rival Hittites in the Levant and mounted numerous expeditions across the desert into neighbouring lands.
The other fortresses discovered appear to be outer lines of defence for the Tharo complex.
The American expedition found a 100-metre square fort known as the Lion's Lair seven kilometres east of Tharo in Tel al-Burj, also surrounded by a large moat.
Another 15 kilometres to the east the French expedition found a slightly smaller fortress built by Ramses' father Seti I in Tel Heir.
I see the Egyptians didn’t like Palestinians then, either.......
Oh ... forT .... my bad.
More justification for Moses’ alternate route taken during the Exodus.
a water-filled crocodile-infested moat which could only be crossed by using a removable wooden bridge crocodile-infested
We should hire the Egyptians to build our 700 mile long border fence.
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Who were they keeping out?
I've seen photos taken from that location and read a little about it. It certainly looks true to me.
Wish I could get my hands on one of those Egyptshine Fords!
“I see the Egyptians didnt like Palestinians then, either.......”
My thought exactly, and it’s been that way for better than 3,000 years too.
A handout picture released by the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) 22 July 2007, shows an arial view of excavation trenches mapping out the ancient wall foundations of the newly discovered Pharaonic fortress of Tharo on the edge of Egypt's Sinai desert. Egypt announced today the discovery of the largest-ever military city from the Pharaonic period on the edge of the Sinai desert, part of a series of forts that stretched to the Gaza border. "The three forts are part of a string of 11 castles that made up the Horus military road that went from Suez all the way to the city of Rafah on the Egyptian-Palestinian border and dates to the 18th and 19th dynasties (1560-1081 BC)," antiquities chief Zahi Hawwas said in a statement. AFP PHOTO/SCA/HO EGYPT-ARCHAEOLOGY-MI LITARY-FORT-THARO 22 Jul 2007
Clean up the Rio Grande and build alligator nesting grounds. Just a thought.
>>>>13-metre thick mud brick walls
dat’s a lotta mud!