Archaeologists Uncover Ancient Ruins of Monastery, Greek Inscriptions in Egypt

Archaeologists have uncovered the ruins of an ancient Christian settlement, including a monastery, dating back to the fourth and fifth centuries AD, in Egypt’s Western Desert, the Egyptian Antiquities Ministry stated on Saturday.

A team of French and Norwegian archaeologists conducted a series of excavations at the site, called Tal Ganoub Qasr al-Agouz, and found a large complex of buildings, including a church, in 2020.

The find, which includes “nineteen structures” and the church, which was “carved into bedrock,” is expected to greatly expand our knowledge of the period, and helps to “the nature of monastic life in the region,” stated Dr. Victor Ghica, the head of the archaeological team.

According to Ghica, the walls of the church, which dates back to the fifth century AD, a critical period in the development of early Christianity, were adorned with religious inscriptions and passages from the Bible written in Greek.

The walls of the church also include inscriptions, written in yellow ink, detailing some aspects of monastic life in the region.

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