Rare tem­ple found in Egyp­tian desert

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Aspec­tac­u­larly rare Greco -Ro­man tem­ple has re­cently been dis­cov­ered by ar­chae­ol­o­gists in Egypt’s western desert. The tem­ple was found at a site called Al-Salam, which lies ap­prox­i­mately 200 miles south of the Mediter­ranean. The re­mains of the tem­ple in­clude its main en­trance, front court­yard and some of its foun­da­tions. The ex­ca­va­tors have also found coins, pot­tery, a head of a statue and two lion stat­ues made of lime­stone.

Al­though tombs are found quite fre­quently in Egypt, it is still very rare to find tem­ples. Ar­chae­ol­o­gists think it will shed new light on the his­tory of the Siwa Oa­sis, which is one of Egypt’s most iso­lated set­tle­ments. The Siwa Oa­sis re­gion is fa­mous as the lo­ca­tion where the Greek king Alexan­der the Great con­sulted the or­a­cle of Am­mon and thought he should be the di­vine King of Eg­pyt. The tem­ple is thought to date be­tween 200 BCE and 300 CE and as few re­mains date to this time, it makes this dis­cov­ery all the more ex­cit­ing.

The newly dis­cov­ered tem­ple

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