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Graeco-Roman wine storage rooms discovered in Egypt's Beheira


The archaeological mission of the Supreme Council of Antiquities working at Tel Kom al Trogy in Al-Bihera Governorate brought to light the third section of a winery with its storage cells.

Graeco-Roman wine storage rooms discovered in Egypt's Beheira
The storage cells [Credit: Egypt. Ministry of Antiquities]
Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Dr. Mostafa Waziri said that the storage galleries have a very distinguished architectural style. They were built with thick mudbrick walls. Limestone slabs of different sizes were added to the walls. Archaeologists believe that this was done to cool the rooms for the storage of the wine.


Head of ancient Egyptian artefacts for the Ministry of Antiquities, Dr. Ayman Ashmawy said that the area was well known for its high quality wine, which was considered as the finest wine during the Graeco-Roman time.

Graeco-Roman wine storage rooms discovered in Egypt's Beheira
Graeco-Roman wine storage rooms discovered in Egypt's Beheira


Graeco-Roman wine storage rooms discovered in Egypt's Beheira
Graeco-Roman wine storage rooms discovered in Egypt's Beheira


Graeco-Roman wine storage rooms discovered in Egypt's Beheira
Graeco-Roman wine storage rooms discovered in Egypt's Beheira


Graeco-Roman wine storage rooms discovered in Egypt's Beheira
Finds at Tel Kom al Trogy in Al-Bihera Governorate
[Credit: Egypt. Ministry of Antiquities]
Dr. Ashmawy pointed out that fragments of mosaic and painted wall at the site indicate the existence of other buildings in the complex that have not been located yet. These building may have been used for the supervisors and the employees of the winery.

A collection of  kilns,  pottery, and coins from the Ptolemaic era until the Islamic period were also unearthed.

Source: Egypt. Ministry of Antiquities [January 27, 2019]

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