Ancient sundial unearthed in the Valley of the Kings

Ancient sundial unearthed in the Valley of the Kings

A group of researchers from the University of Basel have found a egyptian sundial when excavations were carried out in the King's Valley, and more specifically, while cleaning the entrance to one of the tombs. The discovery in which it was found has been made under the direction of Prof. Susanne Bickel.

It is a flat piece of limestone on which a black semicircle had been drawn. The semicircle is divided into 12 parts with angles of 15 degrees each. On the base line there is a slit that serves to insert a wooden or metal bolt and that through its shadow the hours of the day were projected. With the small dots found in each of the parts, the passage of time can be measured in more detail.

The watch It was in one of the areas with stone huts in which the men who were dedicated to the construction of the tombs in the 13th century stayed.

The sundial could have been used to measure working hours or to visualize a phenomenon by which the progression of the Sun god through the underworld is described at night, since the division of the sun's path into hours was of great importance in the guides with the name of hell that had been drawn on the walls of the tombs.

More of 500 objects from previous eras they have been recovering during excavations that have had the support of the Egyptian authorities and students of the University of Basel.

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