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The discovery of a temple in the vicinity of Cairo, fuels the belief that the sanctuary dedicated to Nectanebo I. This is the name that the Greeks gave to Jeperkare Najtnebef, a monarch who reigned between 378 and 361 BC. after removing Neferites II.
His reign was characterized by fierce resistance offered to the Persians, who tried on several occasions to conquer his reign and the establishment of the XXX dynasty, which is considered the last one to have indigenous pharaohs on the Egyptian throne, although the kingdom was finally conquered by the Persians and later by the Macedonians.
During his reign, Nectanebo built a great sanctuary in Heliopolis, where what is now the neighborhood of Ain Shams, northwest of the capital, and where an archaeological research mission carried out between Egyptian and German experts has been working for quite some time.
According to the Egyptian Minister of Antiquities, Mamdouh el-Damaty, the lower part of a chapel that was built with basalt blocks as well as part of a royal statue in a position of offering to the gods has just been discovered a short time ago. also a small bronze figure of the goddess Bastet.
One of the most interesting aspects is the discovery of a writing that has led researchers to discover who the statue represents. Is about Merineptah, one of the sons of Ramses II, which belongs to the XIX dynasty.
el-Damaty declared that it is the first time that a chapel has been located at this site and now what they are going to do is drain all groundwater in order to complete the task, since the perimeter wall was made of adobe and is in danger of being softened and undone.
Dietrich Rau, head of the German expedition, stressed that they hope to display the remains of the chapel during the next excavation season and since then, when the architecture is clear, a greater number of objects can be rescued that will allow us to know more about that area and moment in history.
Everything seems to indicate that in the same place where the sanctuary of Nectanebo is located there were previous human settlements, of the predynastic and proto-dynastic periods, dating back to the fourth millennium BC, but there have also been samples that later times that occupation continued, which makes the next excavation season exciting.
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