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Early Islamic citadel discovered in south Sinai

Early Islamic citadel discovered in south Sinai
trefwoorden: Egypte - citadel - islamitisch - Sinai - 8e eeuw
A team of Egyptian-Japanese excavators has uncovered a square-shaped Islamic citadel covering an area of 84 square metres.
The citadel which has seven defensive and two entrance towers is located in Tel Rayah area of Al Tor in south Sinai.
Dr Zahi Hawas, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council for Antiquities disclosed that the team has found several items including a golden dinar from the reign of the Abbassid Caliph Haroun Al Rashid, minted in l81 Hajira (789AD), bearing the name of the first Minister of the Abbassid state, Jaafar Ibn Yehia Al Barmaki.
Among other items is an unfinished pyramid carved in bone, in addition to a collection of clay lamps in the Byzantine style with flower patterns and a collection of small pots.
Team head of the Islamic and Coptic section, Dr Abdallah Al Attar, has also reported the discovery of a Fatimid mosque designed in interlocking circles with a niche of ornamented limestone in the same area.

Gelezen bij: Egyptian State Information Service (21 augustus 2003)