An ancient Egyptian "deity" was discovered at the excavations near Kerch

An ancient Egyptian "deity" was discovered at the excavations near Kerch
An ancient Egyptian "deity" was discovered at the excavations near Kerch

The statuette of the ancient Egyptian god Horus was discovered by archaeologists during excavations at the Kyz-Aul necropolis in the east of Crimea. This was announced by Oleg Markov, Development Director of the Archeology Foundation.

The find was found in a dump of earth left by marauders after the plundering of an ancient tomb, the specialist noted.

"A dark blue Egyptian faience pendant was found, depicting the god of silence Harpocrates (originally the Egyptian god Horus) in the form of a baby with a finger at his mouth, leaning on a vine," Markov described the find on his Facebook page.

The ancient Egyptian deity most likely came to the Kerch Peninsula as the god of silence borrowed from the Egyptians, into which the image of Horus the child was transformed during the time of Ancient Rome.

“In the first centuries, many beliefs began to penetrate into the Roman Empire,” Markov explained in an interview with RIA Novosti Crimea. “The same cult of Isis, the ancient Egyptian goddess and mother Horus, was very revered in Ancient Rome. The Romans, in principle, were quite tolerant of all beliefs. Therefore, they retained many religions both in the conquered territories and among the settlers. In this case, a different story turned out: they took the image of Horus the child for the god of silence. So they called him, began to worship him, made the same figurines. at the Kyz-Aul necropolis, it (a pendant) appeared as an image of a chthonic deity (the personification of the underworld - ed.) ".

According to the archaeologist, the burial itself was most likely looted in the nineties, when tomb robbers were actively operating in these places. They did not shy away from plowing the ancient heritage even with excavators, Markov recalls.

“We found this statuette when we began to clear and sift the predatory dumps. There is hardly anything left of the burial itself. But at the same time, we periodically find whole intact burials that the robbers did not find. We are now digging a very interesting site, just the one where last year they unearthed an unlooted crypt, in which there were 12 buried people, a Sarmatian sword, a silver denarius from the time of Emperor Domitian, stone gems with images, "he listed.

This year, the expedition will carry out excavations on the territory of the necropolis until September 1. Volunteers can still join the work of archaeologists. True, this year the cornavirus restrictions did not pass by the scientific work "in the fields".

“Firstly, many of our participants have already been vaccinated. In general, those who have not been vaccinated and come to the camp must have a fresh PCR test. We strictly monitor this,” Markov said.

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