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Sunday, June 11, 2017
New Discovery, Alexandria: Hellenistic Tomb With Pottery Vessels Discovered in Alexandria
Newly Discovered Pottery Vessels
archaeological mission from the Ministry of Antiquities discovered the
rock-hewn tomb in the city's El-Shatby district. Written By/ Nevine El-Aref.
excavation work at a site in the El-Shatby neighbourhood of Alexandria, an
Egyptian archaeological mission from the Ministry of Antiquities discovered a
rock-hewn tomb that can be dated to the Hellenistic period (323-30 BC).
Afifi, head of Ancient Egyptian Antiquities at the ministry, told Ahram Online
that studies on the architectural style of the tomb’s decorative elements and
pottery sherds found at the site show that the tomb dates to the time of Greek
occupation in Egypt.
tomb is composed of four halls with burial shafts decorated with geometric,
coloured designs as well as funerary prayers written in ancient Greek.
Rushdi, director-general of Antiquities of the Western Delta and Alexandria
told Ahram Online that the mission found around 300 artefacts within the tomb’s
hall. Among the objects were pottery vessels, a terracotta statue and lamps
made of clay.
the next archaeological season, the mission plans to study the funerary phrases
written on the tombs to identify their owners.