Ancient granite blocks from the time of Pharaoh Khufu found in Egypt

(ORDO NEWS) — The excavations carried out by archaeologists in Cairo on the site of the ancient city of Heliopolis ended with the discovery of granite blocks on which the engraved name of Pharaoh Khufu (Cheops) was preserved.

An interesting discovery was reported by representatives of the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities of Egypt.

Heliopolis is the Greek name for a large city that was located in the Nile valley of Iunu. Today, the remains of the city are almost entirely under the modern districts of Cairo, El Mataria and Ain Shams, so only a small area of ​​​​Heliopolis is available for archaeologists to study.

The ancient city of Heliopolis was formed in the pre-dynastic period and was the center of the cult of the solar deity, which made it an important site for the concept of kingship based on the cult of the Sun.

Judging by archaeological discoveries, the pharaohs of the Old Kingdom actively built up Heliopolis, but almost nothing has survived from this rapid construction activity.

In the new archaeological season, scientists were lucky enough to find fragments of granite blocks with the name of Pharaoh Khufu (Cheops), the creator of the famous Great Pyramid of Giza.

This is, as archaeologists emphasize, the first find with the name of Cheops in Heliopolis. True, there is a version according to which granite blocks with the name of the pharaoh could have come here from another place.

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