Washington: Archaeologists working in North Sinai have unearthed Tharu, an ancient fortified city, a move which stressed the importance of this area as the eastern gate of Egypt.
Head of Antiquities of Lower Egypt Department of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mohamed Abdel-Maqsoud was speaking at a symposium held at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina.
He said that the discovery reveals the features of Horus military route between Egypt and the Palestinian lands.
Abdel-Maqsoud added such a discovery sheds light on an Egyptian defense strategy for Sinai since Pharaonic times.
On the other hand, Dr. Zahi Hawass, the Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said that the Alexandria Antiquities Restoration Department has completed the restoration works of 40 artifacts unearthed during excavations carried out in "Abu Seer", 40 km west of Alexandria.
Hawass added the area in which the 40 pieces have been discovered is believed to be the house of Queen Cleopatra and Mark Antony’s tomb.
Hawass pointed out that among the artifacts a golden mask found on the face of a mummy dating back to the Romanian era.