Ancient stone block discovered at illegal excavation site in Egypt

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An Egyptian archaeological committee found a stone block believed to be over 2000 years old during an inspection of an old house which the owner was carrying out an illegal excavation, Ahram Online reported on Thursday.

Found in Sohag town of Abydos, the stone was engraved with the symbol of the 30th Dynasty King Nectanebo II, who is said to have been the last native ruler of ancient Egypt.

The Tourism and Antiquities authorities caught the owner of the house conducting the illegal excavation and confiscated the house for investigations.

The block may have been part of King Nectanebo II's royal shrine or an extension of a wall of a temple built by the king, the report said.

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