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Roman, Byzantine chambers discovered in Alexandria


A number of Roman and Byzantine chambers have been uncovered during rescue excavations carried out in Mitt Abu Al-Kom at Marya site in Alexandria.

Roman, Byzantine chambers discovered in Alexandria
Credit: Ministry of Antiquities
Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, explained that one of the discovered chambers has walls composed of huge stone blocks at right angles with burry remains of Roman structures, while the second chamber has marble columns smoothly carved in Doric order Roman style, in addition to a large number of coins.

Roman, Byzantine chambers discovered in Alexandria
Roman, Byzantine chambers discovered in Alexandria
Credit: Ministry of Antiquities
The rest of the chambers have Byzantine walls, which contain blocks of stone of irregular and unequal sizes with spaces filled with weak Byzantine mortar, much of which deteriorated. Another room with a tiled floor has a column bearing foliage decoration.

Roman, Byzantine chambers discovered in Alexandria
Roman, Byzantine chambers discovered in Alexandria
Credit: Ministry of Antiquities
Nadia Kheidr, head of the Central Department of Antiquities of Lower Egypt, said that a number of lamps decorated with crosses and palm leaves were found, along with dishes and two large water jars, all of them in good condition, as well as a large number of fragments of pottery.

Author: Nevine El-Aref | Source: Ahram Online [July 12, 2018]

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