Egyption History & Travel - 2010

should be charged. If the waters rose high and provided good silting, taxes would be higher because it was presumed that the crops would be good. If the waters were low, taxes were lower as well. Another interesting feature of this site is little museum next to the temple which contains the mummies of some 300 crocodiles found during excavation of the temple complex. Some mummies were on display. The cache of mummies suggests how greatly revered the crocodile was in this section of the Nile. The Temple at Edfu The third temple from this era we were privileged to visit was The Temple at Edfu. This site is the second largest complex in Egypt after Karnak and one of the best preserved of all such sites. It is dedicated to Horus and was built between 237 and 57 BC. The strange and seemingly contradictory explanation for its excellent preservation resides in the fact that it was buried under 39 feet of sand and silt for centuries until it was excavated in 1860 by French archeologists. This “burial” preserved not only the structure and carvings and statuary but also the brilliant colors of paint used on columns and carvings. Architectural detail is clean and elegant and the carvings seem to be as deeply etched as they were originally.

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