Neolithic Petroglyphs Discovered In Egypt's Aswan


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An archaeological mission from Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities, which operates in Wadi Abu Subeira, has excavated early royal inscriptions in the Eastern Desert northeast of Aswan. The inscriptions date back to the Neolithic period.

Credit: Egypt. Ministry of Antiquities

Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Moustafa Waziri said that thousands of stone inscriptions from the Neolithic period were uncovered in a semi-enclosed circular valley, depicting scenes featuring animals that were living in the area at that time, such as giraffes, elephants and crocodiles.

Credit: Egypt. Ministry of Antiquities

Credit: Egypt. Ministry of Antiquities

Other inscriptions showing a small city, with scenes of cattle grazing and trees being planted, bear Egyptian royal signs, such as the falcon god Horus.

Abdel-Moneim Saeed, director-general of Aswan and Nubian Antiquities, said that sacred motives were also found on some blocks such as the sacred sign of Horus as well as other foliage decorations.

Author: Nevine El-Aref | Source: Ahram Online [May 10, 2019]