CAIRO – 11 September 2019: Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mustafa Waziri said that what was found in the village of Kom Ashqaw in the center of Tama, north of Sohag Governorate, is formed of limestone.
The limestone was discovered during the work of a contracting company to complete the sewage project in the village.
Waziri clarified that the era to which the limestone spans back is yet to be disclosed, and for this reason a committee has been formed to carry out excavations in the area, where these stones might have been used as a portal to a temple.
Waziri further stated that a committee has been formed to examine the discovered stones to determine their age based on scientific evidence.
The discovery comes after a report was received by Sohag’s security director on Sept. 10, stating that archaeological evidence was found during working on the sewage project in Kom Ashqaw village, Tama district.
Immediately, General Secretary of Sohag Governorate Ahmed Refaat, as well as the inspector of tourism and antiquities, officials from the Ministry of Antiquities, and a number of security leaders arrived at the scene to check the discovered stones and follow up on the matter.
A survey of the area showed a wall of a temple consisting of a group of stones, approximately 230 cm wide, while the length is yet to be announced.