Scholars unveiled inscriptions discovered in a sunken Egyptian city on Monday.
The Oxford Centre for Maritime Archaeology released the monograph of a sunken stone stele discovered in the city of Heracleion dating to the reign of the Greek Pharaoh Ptolemy VIII before 116 B.C. The stele, inscribed in Greek and Hieroglyphs, details the religious rules governing the recovery of plundered items and temple asylum offered by priests to penitents.
Divers recovered the 19-foot-high stele from the seafloor of the Nile Delta, where Heracleion sank about 13 centuries ago. "The stele was discovered in numerous pieces in the seafloor and its surface had been badly eroded so that only a quarter of the document has survived," according to the Oxford Centre.
More studies on the stele are planned.