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Massive Egyptian Fort Discovered
iAfrica ^ | 7-23-2007

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.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: ancientegypt; avaris; catastrophism; discovered; egyptian; exodus; fort; godsgravesglyphs; massive
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1 posted on 07/23/2007 2:51:57 PM PDT by blam
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To: SunkenCiv
GGG Ping.

No pictures.

2 posted on 07/23/2007 2:52:24 PM PDT by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: blam

I see the Egyptians didn’t like Palestinians then, either.......


3 posted on 07/23/2007 2:54:54 PM PDT by Red Badger (No wonder Mexico is so filthy. Everybody who does cleaning jobs is HERE!.......)
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To: blam

http://d.yimg.com/ca.yimg.com/p/070722/afp/isgeeea44220707151838photo00.jpg?


4 posted on 07/23/2007 2:56:27 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: blam
Here y'go ...

What?

Oh ... forT .... my bad.

5 posted on 07/23/2007 3:04:47 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true.)
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To: blam

More justification for Moses’ alternate route taken during the Exodus.


6 posted on 07/23/2007 3:17:09 PM PDT by brigadoon
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To: blam

…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.


7 posted on 07/23/2007 4:18:14 PM PDT by UglyinLA
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To: Berosus; Fred Nerks; 75thOVI; AFPhys; Alice in Wonderland; AndrewC; aristotleman; Avoiding_Sulla; ..
One of those topics (sort of).
 
Catastrophism
 
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8 posted on 07/23/2007 4:23:10 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Profile updated Monday, July 23, 2007 https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

You rang?


9 posted on 07/23/2007 4:27:08 PM PDT by Monkey Face ("Equal opportunity" means everyone will have a fair chance at being incompetent. ~~ L J Pete)
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To: blam; FairOpinion; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; 1ofmanyfree; 24Karet; 3AngelaD; 49th; ...
Thanks Blam. I hope there are photos soon. I don't think this is far enough east to be Tharu, but it's interesting nonetheless.

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10 posted on 07/23/2007 4:27:17 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Profile updated Monday, July 23, 2007 https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv; blam

I want piccies...they make things so much clearer...


11 posted on 07/23/2007 4:28:25 PM PDT by Monkey Face ("Equal opportunity" means everyone will have a fair chance at being incompetent. ~~ L J Pete)
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To: brigadoon
"More justification for Moses’ alternate route taken during the Exodus."

Outlined in this book:

The Gold Of Exodus

"Eminent biblical scholars at Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania have argued that Mount Sinai is not in the Sinai Peninsula at all, but rather in northwestern Saudi Arabia. However, they were never allowed into the kingdom to prove their argument. When Cornuke and Williams are also denied entry, they daringly sneak into Saudi Arabia. And what they discover at the mountain known as Jabal al Lawz will astonish the world — and inspire readers to rethink the role of the Bible in history. They find the remains of the stone altar at which the Golden Calf was worshiped, the twelve pillars that Moses ordered to be erected, the cave where Moses slept, and, most sensationally, the unnaturally scorched spot on the mountaintop where God gave Moses the two stone tablets. They also explain, in a fascinating account, the truth about the parting of the Red Sea waters. And not the least of their discoveries is the fact that one of the most sacred spots on earth is not a top secret Saudi military base. As these two adventurers follow in Moses' footsteps, they become pawns in a dangerous game of international power politics and intrigue, This action-packed tale — part high-tech treasure hunt, part modern-day spy thriller, and part biblical detective story — is riveting. And it is all true. "

12 posted on 07/23/2007 4:34:25 PM PDT by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: SunkenCiv

Who were they keeping out?


13 posted on 07/23/2007 4:47:15 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

Helen Thomassss!


14 posted on 07/23/2007 5:02:04 PM PDT by Leo Carpathian (ffffFReeeePeee!)
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To: blam
is riveting. And it is all true.

I've seen photos taken from that location and read a little about it. It certainly looks true to me.

15 posted on 07/23/2007 5:21:58 PM PDT by Ping-Pong
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To: knarf

Wish I could get my hands on one of those Egyptshine Fords!


16 posted on 07/23/2007 5:38:07 PM PDT by The_Media_never_lie
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To: Red Badger

“I see the Egyptians didn’t like Palestinians then, either.......”

My thought exactly, and it’s been that way for better than 3,000 years too.


17 posted on 07/23/2007 5:53:18 PM PDT by roaddog727 (BS does not get bridges built)
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To: blam

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

18 posted on 07/23/2007 5:53:31 PM PDT by Fred Nerks (Fair dinkum!)
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To: UglyinLA

Clean up the Rio Grande and build alligator nesting grounds. Just a thought.


19 posted on 07/23/2007 6:43:41 PM PDT by BJClinton (pfft)
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To: SunkenCiv

>>>>13-metre thick mud brick walls

dat’s a lotta mud!


20 posted on 07/23/2007 7:18:54 PM PDT by ken21 ( b 4 fred.)
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