Ancient Egyptians Built This 4-Towered Fortress More Than 2,600 Years Ago

The ancient fortress‘ eastern gate. Credit: Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities
Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered the ruins of an ancient fortress dating to the 26th Dynasty, the last dynasty in which native Egyptians ruled before the Persians conquered the country in 525 B.C., according to the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities.

By Laura Geggel | LiveScience

Researchers uncovered parts of the mud-brick stronghold — including the northeastern and southeastern towers — at the Tell El-Kedwa site in North Sinai. Previously, in 2008, archaeologists had excavated the military citadel’s eastern wall, but the fortress is so large, it took until now to unearth more of its remains.

Apparently, the spot was a prime location for a fortress. Archaeologists found the ruins of a younger military outpost that was built on top of this one’s remains, the archaeologists said. [Photos: Mummies Discovered in Tombs in Ancient Egyptian City]

The original fortress „is considered one of the oldest fortresses to be discovered“ in the country, Moustafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities in Egypt, told the Egyptian news outlet Ahram Online.

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