In an excavation at the Karankunafa Roman site in Egypt, archaeologists say they have unearthed a building that could be evidence of the existence of a missing sun temple at the time. The building, known as Aj’shraq, was built at the end of the 4th century B.C. and could have been devoted to the sun and the god Ashtagar, a legendary figure who is said to have lived at the end of the 4th century B.C. and led an uprising in Egypt against the Roman Roman empire.
“From what we can deduce from the building, it was built as an eclipse temple,” Nicola Bouyer, an archaeologist with Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, told EgyptToday. “We are talking about buildings that were usually dedicated to the sun.” The temple is an early example of a temple dedicated to the sun, and it is unusual to see one there in relation to the end of the 4th century B.C. when the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses II took over, Bouyer said. “We found one of the most unusual components ever in this country,” Bouyer told EgyptToday. “This building was probably commissioned to commemorate the [Ashtagar] revolt or to declare the protection of the sun in relation to the God Ashtagar.”
“The building is like a living symbol to Ashtagar, but the practice of Ashtagar represents it,” Bouyer said. “This was the symbol of the revolution of the Ahmets in Iblis, so the symbol of Sun Temple has become very important in this period.”
Bouyer believes the temple is from the period that ended with Ramses II’s reign, and that its location makes it somewhat of a rarity, but perhaps not necessarily the most important find at Karankunafa Roman City.
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