According to the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, archaeologists have uncovered the remains of a Greco-Roman temple in Egypt’s Western Desert. A sculpture of a man’s head and two limestone lion statues were among the artifacts discovered on the archaeological site.
Found at the Al-Salam site, which is south of the Mediterranean Sea, the ruins features the front section of the temple and parts of its foundation and main entrance.
The archaeologists also found a three-feet-thick outer wall leading to a front courtyard, which is surrounded on both sides by entrances to other chambers.
Ayman Ashmawi, the head of the Ministry's Ancient Egyptian Antiquities department, says the archaeologists expect to find more temple remains after other excavations are carried out later this year.
The head of the archaeological mission Abdel-Aziz El-Demery said that during the removal of the debris from the site, the mission uncovered architectural elements including upper lintels decorated with scenes, as well as parts of corner pillars decorated with the egg-and-dart architectural device common in the Graeco-Roman era.
El-Demery added that the mission also uncovered the remains of pots, coins, and a statue of a man with Greek facial features, as well as two limestone statues of lions, one of which is headless.
*IMAGES COURTESY OF THE EGYPTIAN ANTIQUITIES MINISTRY