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A Head Of Rameses II From Tell Basta

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Tell Basta is one of the most important archaeological sites in the Delta, and a great deal of excavation and exploration has been carried out here in the past. Excavations began on February 3, 2008. The site revealed remains of a Graeco-Roman-era settlement and necropolis, and a number of scattered artifacts were found at a depth of approximately 180 cm below the surface. On September 21, 2008, the most spectacular piece, and the only artifact dating to earlier than the Ptolemaic Period, a colossal royal head, was found in the eastern part of the site. This type is known in one example from the Middle Kingdom and several examples from the 18th Dynasty, and then becomes popular in the Ramesside era, beginning with Rameses II.

Keywords: artifact; Ptolemaic Period; Rameses II; Tell Basta



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