Hoard of Ptolemaic bronze coins, prehistoric jewellery and a Whale discovered at the Fayum Oasis, Egypt
Tuesday 27 April 2010
Egyptian Minister of Culture Farouk Hosni announced today the discovery of 383 coins from the Ptolemaic period in the Fayum, or Faiyum, Oasis. Prehistoric jewellery made from ostrich eggs, and a skeleton of a 42-million-year-old whale were also unearthed.
According to the statement released by the SCA (Supreme Council of Antiquities) the coinage, very well preserved and dating to the reign of King Ptolemy III (243 to 222BC), was discovered during routine excavations north of Lake Quarun.
Dr. Zahi Hawass, Secretary General of the SCA, said that the 383 coins are fashioned out of bronze and have a weight of 32 grams each. They are decorated on one side with a scene depicting the god Amon-Zeus (Amon was identified by the Greeks as a form of Zeus), with two horns and a cobra. The other side of the coin is decorated with a falcon standing on a wooden branch. Underneath, 'King Ptolemy' is written in Greek.
The excavation – spanning an area of 1 x 7 km - also uncovered antiquities that can be dated to several historical eras, from the prehistoric to the Ottoman period. Three prehistoric necklaces made of ostrich eggs were discovered, as well as a Kohl container and two decorated rings from the Ottoman period.
Khaled Saad, director of the Prehistoric Department of the SCA, asserted that the ostrich egg necklaces, which date back to the fourth millennium BC, are unique. The technique used to create the jewellery has never been seen before in prehistoric necklaces. Earlier this year, inscribed 60,000-year-old ostrich eggs were found in Blombos Cave in South Africa, revealing that Stone Age man developed ‘symbolic thinking’ much earlier than previously thought.
Even older is the skeleton of a whale unearthed at the site, which dates back 42 million years. These prehistoric items will go on display in the planned site museum.
Life & Style blogs
iPhone 7 (or iPhone 6S) leaked pictures show similarities to older model — but Apple is fixing the biggest issue of all
People all over the world are getting semicolon tattoos to draw attention to mental health
Sugary drinks are killing 184,000 adults around the world every year, says study
Google has set its terrifying, dreaming image robots on the public
What do the emojis on Snapchat mean?
Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
Greece crisis: The wider lesson is that it’s time to abandon this failed experiment in currencies
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture
- 1 Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
- 2 People all over the world are getting semicolon tattoos to draw attention to mental health
- 3 Van driver who comforted Clark Carlisle and called 999 after suicide attempt dies age 24
- 4 James Blunt was special guest on the highest-rating Top Gear episode ever
- 5 The biggest first date turnoff has been revealed
£17000 - £21000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a fantastic opportunity...
£17000 - £23000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a fantastic opportunity...
£17000 - £23000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: If you are fluent in Japanese a...
£16000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a fantastic opportunity...