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Ptolemaic tomb discovered in Alexandria


A Ptolemaic tomb has been discovered during an archaeological inspection on a privately owned plot of land in Sidi Gaber, Alexandria.

Ptolemaic tomb discovered in Alexandria
The sarcophagus discovered in the Ptolemaic tomb [Credit: Ministry of Antiquities]
According to Egyptian law, any land that is to undergo construction must be archaeologically excavated and inspected by a mission from the Ministry of Antiquities before building foundations are laid down.

Ptolemaic tomb discovered in Alexandria
The sarcophagus discovered in the Ptolemaic tomb [Credit: Ministry of Antiquities]
Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said that the tomb was found five metres below the ground's surface and houses a large black granite sarcophagus. Experts have not yet determined to whom the tomb belongs.

Ptolemaic tomb discovered in Alexandria
A marble head discovered in the Ptolemaic tomb [Credit: Ministry of Antiquities]
“The sarcophagus has been sealed since it was created in antiquity,” Waziri told Ahram Online, adding that the coffin is 185 cm tall, 265 m long and 165 cm wide.

A heavily deteriorated marble bust a man, who may be the tomb's owner, was also discovered inside the tomb.

Author: Nevine El-Aref | Source: Ahram Online [July 01, 2018]

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