Nectanebo I shrine
The stones were found in the region of Ain Shams, CairoEgyptian Ministry of Antiquities

The Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities has announced that it has found part of a shrine to Nectanebo I – the pharaoh of the Dynasty 30. A joint German and Egyptian excavation found the dedication to the king, who reigned in the fourth century BC, in Heliopolis, Cairo.

Part of the shrine takes the form of a basalt block with pictures of ancient Egyptian God Hapi presenting offerings of some sort carved into it. The blocks stand at about 75cm and are roughly 1.25 metres wide.

Nectanebo I shrine
The ancient carvings at Nectanebo I's shrine need to be pieced togetherEgyptian Ministry of Antiquities

Also uncovered were small ancient limestone columns and the remnants of a Nectanebo I Temple ceiling. Additionally, Dr Mahmoud Afify, head of ancient Egyptian antiquities sector, said in a statement that a statue that is representative of the pharaoh himself was found alongside a statue of King Meneptah – the fourth ruler of the 19th dynasty – and mud blocks that once surrounded the ancient city of Oun.

Nectanebo I shrine
In the shrine to Ancient Egyptian pharaoh Nectanebo I carvings show offeringsEgyptian Ministry of Antiquities

King Nectanebo I was of the 30th Dynasty (380-362 BC), which was the last royal family to rule before Alexander the Great conquered Egypt in 332 BC when Nectanebo I's grandson was at the helm.