The sandstone object was erected by a pharaoh during military campaigns and is over six feet tall.
The Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities announced this Monday the identification of a stone plaque that is at least 2,600 years old and contains numerous hieroglyphs. Galileo magazine passed on information about the discovery.
As reported by the ministry, the artifact made of sandstone was found at random by a farmer in the city of Ismailia, Egypt. He was preparing his land for planting when he came across the large 2.3 meters high and 45 centimeters thick sign
The archaeologists responsible for analyzing the object reported that the farmer handed it over to the Museum of Antiquities in Ismailia, northeast of the Egyptian capital. The Museum of Antiquities is currently guarding the plaque.
The artifact was built during the Low Epoch of Ancient Egypt. The Egyptian pharaoh Apriés is believed to have ordered his subjects to erect the plate, which is just one of many erected during his reign, between 589 BC and 570 BC.
In a note posted on the Ministry of Tourism’s Facebook page, the secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Mostafa Waziry, argued that the plaques were erected mainly in eastern Egypt when his government’s military campaigns were carried out in the region.
According to experts, the sign is inscribed by hieroglyphics that fill 15 lines throughout the structure. There are specific designs, such as a winged solar disk which, as Waziry explained, represented the Sun god Ra. Another representation is related to the pharaoh Apriés, who ruled during the 26th Dynasty.