by Karen Faulkner, Worthy News Correspondent
(Worthy News) – Egyptian archaeologists have uncovered the ruins of an ancient temple to the Greek god Zeus in the Sinai Peninsula, the Associated Press reports. The discovery was announced by Egypt’s Tourism and Antiquities Ministry on Monday.
Egyptian antiquities authorities announced the ruins were found in Tell el-Farma, a site in northwestern Sinai that dates back to the Pharaonic era, AP reports. While excavation at the site began as early as 1900, the temple to Zeus had not been unearthed until now.
Mostafa Waziri of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities said in a statement that archaeologists have now unearthed two massive granite columns that were part of the temple complex, as well as a set of granite blocks that probably served as stairs to reach the worship area.
According to Hisham Hussein, the director of Sinai archaeological sites the temple was renovated by Roman Emperor Hadrian (117-138). Researchers will study the blocks to determine the design of the temple, AP reports.
The temple ruins are the latest in a number of recent Egyptian archaeological discoveries that authorities hope will draw tourists back to Egypt following the pandemic. Among the new discoveries is that of a huge Roman complex in the city of Alexandria, a city founded by Alex
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