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In Ancient Egyptian in the temple, a shrine with evidence of previously unknown rituals was discovered

Scientists have discovered a small Egyptian temple, which was turned into a place for the cults of an ancient nomadic people.

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Scientists from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, ​​Spain, presented the results of excavations in the ancient city of Berenice, which is located on the Red Sea coast in Egypt. A small Egyptian temple was discovered here, which was turned into a place for their cults by representatives of the ancient nomadic people of the Blemmia. In this temple, scientists have discovered very interesting finds from the point of view of archeology, writes Phys.

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On the site where the village of Berenice in Egypt is now located, there was once a large prosperous port city with the same name. This city was founded at the end of the 3rd century BC by the Egyptian ruler Ptolemy II Philadelphus. This city was an important trading port and in the later period was more significant than the Roman Empire and even several centuries after its collapse.

In Ancient Egyptian a shrine with evidence of previously unknown rituals was discovered in the temple

A shrine with evidence of previously unknown rituals was discovered in an ancient Egyptian temple

Joan Oller Guzman of the Autonomous University of Barcelona and her colleagues excavated the ancient religious complex. The researchers called it the Temple of the Falcon, and it is located in the Northern Complex, one of the most important buildings in the city of Berenice at that time.

According to scientists, in the 4th-6th centuries. AD this city was occupied by representatives of the nomadic people of Blemmia, who controlled most of the eastern desert of Egypt. During the excavations, scientists discovered a small traditional Egyptian temple, which, after the 4th century AD, the Blemmi adapted to conduct their own cults.

“We found many interesting artifacts, including harpoons, cube-shaped statues and a stele with indications related to religious activities,” says Joan Oller Guzman.

A shrine with evidence of previously unknown rituals was discovered in an ancient Egyptian temple

In Ancient Egyptian a shrine with evidence of previously unknown rituals was discovered in the temple

But the most interesting find, scientists consider the discovery of mummies of 15 falcons inside the temple, most of which were headless. Although scholars in Egypt have seen such burials of falcons for religious purposes before, this is the first time they have discovered falcons buried in a temple along with eggs, which in itself is an unprecedented case.

In Ancient Egyptian a shrine with evidence of previously unknown rituals was discovered in the temple

A shrine with evidence of previously unknown rituals was discovered in an ancient Egyptian temple

According to scientists, the finds found in the temple indicate that here religious rituals were often held. But the most interesting thing is that many of these rituals combined the ancient Egyptian traditions and the religious traditions of the Blemmia people.

As Focus already wrote, scientists suggested that the tomb of the Egyptian Queen Nefertiti, which is still has not been discovered so far, it may be in a secret room next to the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamen.