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Archaeologists find ancient pottery workshop in Egypt


Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered an ancient pottery manufacturing workshop dating to more than 4,000 years ago in the southern province of Aswan, the Antiquities Ministry said Thursday.

Archaeologists find ancient pottery workshop in Egypt
The 4000-year old pottery workshop that was recently discovered close to the Nile River
 in Aswan province, southern Egypt [Credit: Ministry of Antiquities]
The workshop, the oldest pottery workshop in the Old Kingdom, belongs to the 4th Dynasty, spanning 2,613 to 2,494 BC, the ministry said in a statement. The Old Kingdom is also known as the age when pyramid-building flourished.

Archaeologists find ancient pottery workshop in Egypt
Hollow for kneading clay [Credit: Ministry of Antiquities]
Inside the workshop, archaeologists found an ancient pottery wheel made of a limestone turntable and a hollow base.

Archaeologists find ancient pottery workshop in Egypt
Potter's Wheel [Credit: Ministry of Antiquities]
Mostafa al-Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, says the discovery is “rare” and reveals more about the development of pottery manufacturing and the daily lives of ancient Egyptians during that time in history.

Source: The Associated Press [July 19, 2018]

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