Nuevos descubrimientos en la Avenida de Esfinges de Luxor
Fuente EEF (Egyptologists Electronic Forum): [From the SCA press release]. "The remains of a fifth century AD church and a Nilometer have been uncovered this week during routine excavations carried out by an Egyptian mission at the Avenue of Sphinxes in Luxor. (...) Dr. Zahi Hawass, Secretary General of the SCA, said that the remains of the church were found on the second section of the path, which is divided into five sections. Archaeological investigations revealed that the church was built with limestone blocks that originally belonged to Ptolemaic temples. The blocks are very well preserved and decorated with scenes depicting Ptolemaic and Roman kings offering sacrifices to ancient Egyptian deities.
(...). One of the church's blocks contains information concerning the 26th dynasty mayor of the Luxor area, Muntomhat (664-525 BC).
Dr. Sabri Abdel Aziz, Head of Ancient Egyptian department at the SCA, said that at the avenue's fourth section, the mission has also discovered remains of a cylindrical sandstone Nilometer with spiral steps. It is seven meters in diameter; inside, a collection of New Kingdom (1569-1081 BC) clay vessels has been unearthed.
Mansour Boraik, General Supervisor of Luxor monuments, said that a collection of foundation stones used to install sphinx statues has also been discovered. Some of the stones are decorated with scenes depicting King Amenhotep III (1410-1372 BC), who began construction on the avenue of Sphinxes to connect Luxor temple to Karnak temple. (..)"