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'Massive' ancient building discovered by archaeologists in Egypt

Building likely a part of ancient capital city of Memphis

Samuel Osborne
Wednesday 26 September 2018 11:01 BST
'Massive' ancient building discovered by archaeologists in Egypt

Archaeologists have discovered a “massive” ancient building in Egypt.

The building was found in the town of Mit Rahina, 12 miles (20km) south of the capital, Cairo.

The country’s Antiquities Ministry said archaeologists also uncovered an attached building which includes a large Roman bath and another chamber that was likely used for religious rituals.

A basin was found in a chamber that was likely used for religious rituals (Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities via AP) (APEgyptian Ministry of Antiquities via AP)

Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said the building probably formed part of the residential block in the area, which was the ancient Egyptian capital of Memphis.

Memphis, which was founded around 3,100BC, was home to Menes, the king who united Upper and Lower Egypt.

“The discovered building was built of brick blocks supported by huge blocks of limestone, whose foundations, external walls and inner staircase were built with red brick molds,” Mr Waziri said, according to Egypt Today.

He said the area would be excavated and studied in order to discover more about the building.

Egypt hopes such discoveries will spur tourism, partially driven by antiquities sightseeing, which was hit hard by political turmoil following the 2011 uprising.

Additional reporting by agencies

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