Panel Illustrating Surgical Instruments Put up in Kom Ombo, Aswan

Panel Illustrating Surgical Instruments Put up in Kom Ombo, Aswan

In the Ministry of Antiquities’ efforts to preserve archeological sites and offer the best visitor experience, a sign has been put up in Kom Ombo Temple, Aswan. The sign replicates the famous “surgical instruments” scene in Kom Ombo Temple, and was placed in the exterior court of the temple.

          Dr. Mustafa Waziri, Secretary‑General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, explained that this panel was designed in conformance with the latest scientific methods used in the field. He stated that it was placed in the exterior court, near the corridor in which the original inscription can be seen. This will reduce crowding and allow visitors to see the surgical instruments that the ancient Egyptians used, which reflect the great advances that they had made in the field of medicine in this period.

          He added that the sign will allow tour guides to remain in the area for a longer period of time in a wide space instead of a narrow passage. This will ultimately facilitate easier movement inside the temple itself.

          The new guide includes pictures of the surgical instruments accompanied by a brief description.

          Director General of Aswan Archeology Sector states that this inscription is one of the most famous scenes in Kom Ombo Temple, which large numbers of visitors flock to just to see it.

          Kom Ombo itself is one of the most beautiful Ptolemaic temples on the east bank of the Nile. It is dedicated to the gods Sobek and Horus, and is characterized by the beauty, splendour, and detail of its reliefs.

          Restoration of the temple’s reliefs and the improvements on the lighting system were completed this year. A groundwater reduction project was completed in cooperation with USAID and the National Authority for Drinking Water and Sanitation. It was inaugurated by H.E. Dr. Khaled El‑Enany last March.