Agilkia Island

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Philae temple on Agilkia Island as seen from the Nile

Agilkia Island (also called Agilika; Arabic: أجيليكا‎) is an island in the River Nile and the present site of the Ancient Egyptian temple complex of Philae in southern Egypt. The complex was dismantled and relocated to this island when the building of the Aswan Dam threatened to flood the site.[1]

The Rosetta mission's Philae lander target site on comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko has been named Agilkia after the island.[2][3] Upon initial touchdown the lander took a large bounce and a smaller one before finally coming to rest perhaps a kilometer away from Agilkia. The final site has not yet been named.


  1. ^ Murray, Tim (2007). Milestones in Archaeology: a Chronological Encyclopedia. ABC-CLIO. p. 464. ISBN 1-57607-186-3. 
  2. ^ Platt, Jane (6 November 2014). "Rosetta Races Toward Comet Touchdown". NASA. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  3. ^ Knapton, Sarah (4 November 2014). "Historic Comet Landing Site Has a New Name: Agilkia". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 4 November 2014. 

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Coordinates: 24°01′31″N 32°53′03″E / 24.02528°N 32.88417°E / 24.02528; 32.88417