Aswan Island Excavation Reveals Blocks Dating to Hatshepsut’s Early Reign



A pillar found of the way station building (Courtesy of the German Institute)

From Nevine El-Aref, Ahram Online / 04.18.2016:

During excavation work carried out by a German-Egyptian mission led by Felix Arnold on Elephantine Island in Aswan, blocks from a way station for the god Khnum’s festival barque from Queen Hatshepsut’s reign was found.

Head of the Ancient Egyptian Antiquities Department Mahmoud Afifi said the new discovery was important because it would give scholars some insight into the religious rituals practiced on the island during Hatshepsut’s reign. It could also shed more light on the mysterious queen herself during the early period of her reign and her engagement in the Aswan region.

“This is one of very few buildings discovered from the early period of Queen Hatshepsut,” Afifi told Ahram Online, adding that the only other one was discovered in Karnak.