EGYPT; PART OF KHNUM TEMPLE UNEARTHED
Descubierto bajo el agua del Nilo parte del Templo de Jnum de la Isla Elefantina en Aswan.
Part of Khnum temple in Elephantine Island to the second side of 'Cataract' Hotel in Aswan city was discovered 40 meters deep under the Nile water, Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) Secretary General Zahi Hawass said today.
The Egyptian archaeological mission also unearthed part of a church and two granite columns, Hawass said during a cultural salon at the Cairo Opera House. Hawass said that the Egyptian archaeological mission, formed by Culture Minister Farouk Hosny to excavate tombs in the Valley of the Kings in Luxor, would soon announce the discovery of a new tomb in the coming excavation season. He estimates that there are no less than 63 Royal tombs still buried in the area. In Egyptian mythology, Khnum (also spelled Chnum, Knum, or Khnemu) was one of the earliest Egyptian deities, originally the god of the source of the Nile River. Khnum was worshiped from the 1st dynasty (c. 2925-2775 BC) into the early centuries AD. Khnum was represented as a ram with horizontal, twisting horns or as a man with a ram's head. Since the annual flooding of the Nile brought with it silt and clay, and its water brought life to its surrounds, he was thought to be the creator of the bodies of human children, which he made at a potter's wheel, from clay, and placed in their mothers' wombs. He later was described as having moulded the other deities, and he had the titles Divine Potter and Lord of created things from himself.