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Overview Of The Current State Of The Dynasty 21 Amun Temple At El-Hiba

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The Hiba temple is oriented east-west, with the entrance facing the Nile River to the west. The structure still stands, but the decomposing limestone blocks and partially collapsing walls attest to considerable loss of structural integrity and relief decoration. The high water table makes it impractical to clear the interior of the temple to the floor level, and the fluctuating nature of the water table makes the survival of relief in the interior of the temple below current ground level unlikely. Damage to the limestone blocks of the temple is attributable to tensile fracturing due to stress release, and a resulting debris accumulation of a limestone gruss can be found at the base of the walls. Any extended study of the temple relief and inscriptions must be undertaken based on previous documentation, although future discoveries of reused relief may provide additional details on the decorative program of the temple.

Keywords: Amun Temple; El-Hiba; Nile River



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