New discoveries discovered beneath demolished historic palace in Egypt

CAIRO — An Egyptian archaeological mission working on the web site of the Tawfiq Pasha Andraos Palace — which was just lately torn down — has unveiled quite a few amphorae and lamps relationship from the Byzantine period.

Mustafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, mentioned on Oct. 17 that this discovery is considered one of a sequence within the metropolis of Luxor in southern Egypt. He mentioned that excavations are being accomplished on the location.

In August, Egyptian authorities demolished the 120-year-old Tawfiq Pasha Andraos Palace, positioned near the Luxor Temple and overlooking the Nile River, primarily based on a choice by the Ministry of Antiquities that archeological websites had been beneath it.

The palace hosted Saad Zaghloul, chief of the 1919 revolution, after English authorities issued a restriction on his motion. It contained many uncommon artifacts and a gold-plated automobile, amongst different valuables. In 2013, the our bodies of Andraos’ two daughters, who had been killed beneath mysterious circumstances, had been discovered contained in the palace.

The palace of Andraos, who was a member of the House of Representatives for Luxor from 1921-1935, is just not the primary to be demolished by Egyptian authorities. In 2009, the Mubarak authorities tore down the close by palace of Yassa Andraos, the brother of Tawfik, as a part of a plan to show Luxor into an open museum.

But the move was controversial. “Even the Louvre Museum has monuments below it and was never demolished,” Bassam al-Shammaa, an Egyptologist and a tourist guide, told Al-Monitor. “Nothing justifies destroying an antiquity for the sake of another, especially considering that Egypt has witnessed successive historical civilizations. It is just unthinkable to demolish an antiquity because there is another one below it.”

Shammaa added that the palace in Luxor was positioned steps away from well-known Roman monuments in entrance of the primary western edifice of the Luxor Temple. The most well-known monument belongs to Emperor Hadrian and is devoted to the god Serapis, a statue of which is positioned within the northwest nook of the courtyard of the Luxor Temple, very near the Andraos Palace. The Roman monument, in keeping with Shammaa, was inbuilt 126 AD.

Ahmed Amer, an archaeological researcher on the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, mentioned that the discoveries mark a brand new stage for archeology. The latest finds, he mentioned, supply new particulars concerning the lifetime of the traditional Egyptians, each spiritual and secular. He talked about a big and diverse quantity of antiquities which have been found within the Saqqara area, south of Cairo, lately. 

Also, within the metropolis of Luxor was discovered the misplaced metropolis or the “Golden City,” Amer added. All the antiquities which might be found enhance each science and tourism, he mentioned, and lots of archaeological discoveries are scientifically examined however not introduced to vacationers.

Other latest discoveries beneath the Tawfik Pasha Andraos Palace, Amer mentioned, embrace a set of Roman bronze cash, part of a wall from the Roman period, and an outdated storehouse. The lamps are made of various supplies, and pottery might be the most typical, he mentioned. 

According to Amer, lamps are dishes full of oil and salt, on which a wick floats. Such lamps typically depicted numerous scenes of every day life, animal photos, and altered plant motifs. Oil is positioned within the center gap of the dish for lighting, with the wick protruding from a entrance gap.