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In Egyptian Temple, a New Bust of Marcus Aurelius

A 'unique' find in Aswan
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 22, 2018 9:10 AM CDT
In Egyptian Temple, a New Bust of Marcus Aurelius
This undated photo released by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, shows the head of Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius that was found in the Temple of Kom Ombo, in Aswan, 585 miles south of Cairo, Egypt.   (Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities via AP)

(Newser) – Egypt says archaeologists have discovered a bust of the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius in the southern city of Aswan, reports the AP. The Antiquities Ministry says Sunday the head was found in the Temple of Kom Ombo during work to protect the site from groundwater. Aymen Ashmawi, head of the ancient Egyptian Sector, tells Ahram Online that the head is "unique," and that statues of the Roman are scant. It says archaeologists have also unearthed artifacts that belong to a shrine for the god Osiris-Ptah-Neb inside the ancient temple of Karnak in the city of Luxor.

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It says the new discoveries include parts of a stone panel depicting a ram and a goose—symbols of the ancient Egyptian god Amun—on an offering table. Egypt hopes such discoveries will spur tourism in the country, which has been reeling from political turmoil since the 2011 uprising.

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