Graeco-Roman cemetery discovered in Alexandria

The Egyptian Minister of Antiquities, Dr Mamdouh El Damaty, announced on 20 January 2015 that a cemetery dating back to the Graeco-Roman period has been discovered in Alexandria. Inside the cemetery, were found 20 pottery lamps, 18 small glass vessels, and several pottery vessels.

The cemetery was discovered during an illegal excavation carried out by people living in the Mina Al-Basal area, Alexandria Governatorate. The cemetery contained tombs dating back to the Graeco-Roman period known as loculi, which consisted of recesses cut into the rock. The pottery vessels have different shapes and serve to tell us more about pottery manufacturing techniques of that period. In the cemetery were also found a number of vessels, which were used as urns to keep the ashes of the cremated deceased. Cremation was customary in the Graeco-Roman period.

Source: Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA), Egypt

  • Pottery vessel from the cemetery © Supreme Council of Antiquities, Egypt

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