Ancient fort discovered in Sinai

Cairo - Al-Ahram daily reported on Tuesday a new archaeological discovery by an Egyptian excavation mission in northern Sinai.

Secretary General of the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities Zahi Hawwas was quoted as saying that an old military fort dating back to the 18th Dynasty (1347-1337 BC) was discovered after 10 years of excavating the area situated on the route linking Egypt to Israel.

Hawwas also said that the fort found was constructed on the ruins of a military base used by the Hyksos who invaded Egypt in the 17th century BC and were later driven out of the country by King Ahmose, the founder of the 18th Dynasty.

"The fort is 150 square metres, and was used to protect Egypt's Eastern borders," Hawwas said. - Sapa-dpa

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