Egypt unearths remains of Greco-Roman city of Alexandria


FILE PIC: An Egyptian archaeological mission unearthed the remains of a Greco-Roman residential and commercial town on Friday in the north coast city of Alexandria. / Xinhua

FILE PIC: An Egyptian archaeological mission unearthed the remains of a Greco-Roman residential and commercial town on Friday in the north coast city of Alexandria. / Xinhua

An Egyptian archaeological mission unearthed the remains of a Greco-Roman residential and commercial town on Friday in the city of Alexandria on the north coast.

During excavation work in the al-Shatby neighborhood, “the mission found an extensive network of pink painted tunnel reservoirs to store rain, flooding and groundwater for use during the drought.” said Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities of Egypt.

He added that studies show that the colony was used from the 2nd century BC to the 4th century AD.

He said pottery jars and statues have been found in more than 40 wells and reservoirs, indicating a large population in this region near Alexandria, then the capital of Egypt during the Greco-Roman era.

Waziri said the mission also found rest homes for travelers and visitors where they waited to obtain permits to enter the city as well as houses used as tax collection centers.

He noted that preliminary studies of the uncovered area revealed that “it was made up of a main street and several secondary roads which all connected to the sewerage network.”

Meanwhile, Khaled Abu Hamad, director general of the Antiquities Authority of Alexandria, said the city has a large market, shops selling jars and workshops for making statues.

He added that nearly 700 pieces and plates of various shapes and a large number of fishing tools were found in the discovered city.

“The excavation work in the old city took nine months,” said Abu Hamad, stressing the district’s importance in connecting the trade movement between east and west.

Source (s): Xinhua News Agency


Robert J. King