Sunday, July 5, 2015

News, Qena: Egypt's Mons Claudianus archeological site to be developed into a museum

Remains of a settlement at Mons Claudianos
& Mons Claudianos pillar
The Mons Claudianus archaeological site that stretches from the Red Sea to Qena province is to be restored with the view of developing it into an open air museum of Roman era quarrying in Egypt. Written by Nevine El-Aref.

Last Thursday, the Ministry of Antiquities chairman board meeting approved to develop the Mons Claudianus archaeological site into an open air museum to exhibit the quarrying process used in Egypt during the Roman era.

Mons Claudianus is an area for granite quarries and houses a garrison, a quarrying site, a complete workers settlement with a horse stable and a granite water container.  Fragments of granite items have also been found, along with broken columns and a number of engraved ostraca (broken pottery).

Minister of Antiquities Mamdouh Eldamaty told Ahram Online that during the Roman era, the area was called Granodiorite and it was used as a mine to collect construction materials.

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