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Archaeologists find bust of Roman emperor in Egypt

Egypt hopes such discoveries will spur tourism, which has suffered from political turmoil following the 2011 uprising.

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The head of Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius (Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities via AP)

The head of Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius (Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities via AP)

The head of Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius (Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities via AP)

Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered a bust of the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius in the southern city of Aswan.

The Antiquities Ministry said the head was found in the Temple of Kom Ombo during work to protect the site from groundwater.

It said archaeologists have also unearthed artefacts belonging to a shrine for the god Osiris-Ptah-Neb inside the ancient temple of Karnak in the city of Luxor.

It says the new discoveries include parts of a stone panel depicting a ram and a goose — symbols of the ancient Egyptian god Amun — on an offering table.

Egypt hopes such discoveries will spur tourism, which has suffered from political turmoil following the 2011 uprising.

PA