Statue of the goddess Bastet, found
at Kom el-Dikka.
I received a notifier late last night from the web site of Zawi Hawass,
the head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities and the guy who oversees
all archaeology done in Egypt, announcing the discovery of new burial
finds at Kom el-Dikka, a sector of Alexandria.
The discovery, made during routine excavations of the area, unearthed
the temple of Queen Berenike, the wife of King Ptolemy III Philadelphus
(246-222 BC). The temple was dedicated to the goddess Bastet. It also
uncovered 600 statues from the period. It is unclear from the report
whether the actual remains of Queen Berenike were found on-site.
But either way this is a major find. The location of the royal burial
quarters at Alexandria has long been a mystery. And it is hoped that
the Kom el-Dikka temple will be the tip of the iceberg. The royal
quarter, by some accounts, was said to have been the burial place of
Alexander the Great.
And by the way, the Huffington Post beat me to this one in spite of my
early notification. Damn you Arianna Huffington! Damn you to hell!
Bust, Temple of Bastet.