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Museum of Antiquities announces new tomb find in Alexandria Egypt

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posted on Jun, 9 2017 @ 10:31 PM
This appeared yesterday on the Egyptology mailing list:

MoA press release 8-6-2017
"Dr. Mahmoud Afifi, the Head of the Ancient Egyptian Antiquities Sector at the Ministry of Antiquities, annonced the discovery of a Hellenistic tomb in El Shatby area in Alexandria city. The Discovery was made during the excavation work carried out by an Egyptian archaeological mission from the ministry 's inspectorate in Alexandria.

Mustafa Rushdi, General Director of Antiquities of Western Delta and Alexandria explains that the tomb was dated based on its architectural style and the remains of the pottery found inside it.

Roushdi continues that the discovered tomb consists of four halls each one of them has some burial holes decorated with colorful decorative elements and writings in Ancient Greek showing funerary phrases. The burials holes are found in rows above each others.

Aya Mohamed Taher, an archaeologist at the site said that the mission found in this tomb about 300 artifacts, among them pottery vessels, a terracotta statue and lamps made of clay. The mission during the next archaeological season would study the funerary phrases to identify the tombs' owners .

Multi-room tombs were common in Egypt, where one chamber might be for the parents and others for grown children and grandchildren.

Alexandria was one of three or four Greek cities in Egypt where Greek language and culture dominated the city. Greeks held most of the main positions and comprised most of the ruling and elite classes. However, they did adopt modified Egyptian styles, culture, and deities though these are significantly changed from the original Egyptian context.

posted on Jun, 9 2017 @ 10:35 PM
Awesome find! Too bad we'll have to wait awhile to get more information on who the owners might have been. I'd love to see some pictures of the site.

posted on Jun, 9 2017 @ 11:57 PM
a reply to: AdmireTheDistance

A few pictures for you.

edit on 9-6-2017 by Mianeye because: (no reason given)

posted on Jun, 10 2017 @ 03:09 AM
Lol..don't blame them.. they have to keep the business going... 🤣

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