The excavation mission in ‘Kom Ashqaw’ village at Sohag, found five archaeological limestone blocks of different sizes, during the excavation work carried out by the mission formed by Tourism and Antiquities Ministry last September.
The archaeological stone blocks were found during the sanitation project work in village.
Dr. Mustafa Waziri, the Supreme Council Antiquities Secretary-General, said that the blocks were moved to the recently discovered Ptolemy IV Temple in the market area of the same village.
Also, the study and preliminary examination of the stone blocks, the views and texts inscribed on them indicate that the blocks belong to idol Osiris, dating back to the 1st King Ptolemy era; it was decorated with three rows of scenes, as well as a number of titles were engraved on it.
On other hand, Mohamed Abd El-Badi the Central Administration for Upper Egypt head, explained that all blocks are rectangular except for the 1st block, which is shape irregular , carrying decorative units representing the facade of the palace.
The 2nd block holds two views, the right view represents King Ptolemy, providing clothes to idol Osiris, who sits on the throne, while the left view represents King Ptolemy, presenting another type of clothing to the idol Osiris, who sits on the throne. The 3rd block depicts a view of King Ptolemy, presenting a necklace to idol Osiris, who sits on the throne.
The 4th block, it bears evidence of the existence of three rows of scenes that represent King Ptolemy before the idol Osiris, who sits on the throne, and behind Osiris stands a deity or idol.
The upper row is completely missing, leaving only the legs of the king, the base of the throne of the idol Osiris, and the feet of the idol standing behind him.
Noteworthy, the Ministry previously found a stone wall most likely belonging to a temple or a chapel.
Contributed by Ahmed Yasser