A 3,400-year-old underwater temple from the time of Pharaoh Thutmosis III, one of Egypt’s greatest warrior kings, has been uncovered near Cairo.
By Louisa Loveluck, Cairo
8:02PM GMT 31 Oct 2014
A group of suspected looters unearthed a 3,400-year-old underwater temple buried under a house in the Nile Delta.
The temple, which was found 40km from Cairo in the town of Badrashin, dates from the time of Pharaoh Thutmosis III, one of Egypt’s greatest warrior kings.
Egypt’s antiquities ministry said a team of experts have taken over the excavation, aided by state-owned behemoth the Arab Contractors Company.
Seven men, who discovered the temple in groundwater after digging to a depth of nine metres, were briefly detained but released as the area is not recognised as a heritage site. The evacuation was unauthorised and it is unclear why they were searching the area.
Seven tablets, several column bases and a statue made of pink granite have been unearthed so far, according to antiquities minister Mahmoud al-Damaty.