3,400-year-old Temple Unearthed in Illegal Egypt Dig Lands Seven in Jail

Two of those arrested are Palestinians; archeological remains date back to reign of King Tuthmose III.

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Relief of Thutmose III before the gods at Amada Temple.
Relief of Thutmose III before the gods at Amada Temple.Credit: River Tay (Wikicommons)

Seven Egyptians who discovered the remains of a 3,400-year-old temple underneath their home were arrested by the police for illegal excavation work last week.

Two of the men, residents of the Giza district near Cairo, were Palestinians, an aide to the Egyptian interior ministry said, according to the Egyptian newspaper Ahram.

The diggers found huge limestone blocks, engraved with hieroglyphs, dating to the reign of King Tuthmose III of the New Kingdom era in Egyptian history (16th-11th centuries BCE), in the Hod Zeleikha area of Al-Badrasheen district.

Seven reliefs, two marble columns and a huge red-granite statue of an armless seated person were also unearthed.

According to the Ahram report, after Egypt's tourism and antiquities police heard of the illegal dig, a unit arrested the seven men.

King Thutmose III ruled the New Kingdom between 1479-1425 BCE, expanding the Egyptian empire to its largest extent, from northern Syria to the Nile's fourth cataract in present day Sudan, the International Business Times said.

He was buried in the Valley of the Kings, where his mummy was discovered in 1881.

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