Only the archaeological remains are now visible of the former temple precinct in Matariya, since the once holy site is now surrounded by a busy metropolis with a population in the millions: Traffic chaos, residents and noise – it’s all in a day’s work for the German-Egyptian excavation team. Nevertheless, the archaeologists also know that changes in the environment around the Sun Temple did not first begin with the decline of Egyptian culture. For example, it’s possible to find signs of secularization of the temple precinct, which indicate that the inventory was destroyed and then rebuilt at a later point in time.
PD Dr. Dietrich Raue
Series created by
Gisela Graichen und Peter Prestel