Archeology: Maqsud discovers 200 AD industrial zone in Sinai

Artisan complex produced tableware, bronzes, housed workers

25 April, 15:43

    Archeology: Maqsud discovers 200 AD industrial zone in Sinai Archeology: Maqsud discovers 200 AD industrial zone in Sinai

    (ANSAmed) - CAIRO - A team led by Egyptian archeologist Mohamed Abd el Maqsud has uncovered a Greek-Roman industrial zone dating from 200 AD in the northern Sinai east of the Suez canal, Al-Ahram online weekly reported.

    The zone produced amphorae, plates, and other tableware as well as bronze statues, Antiquities Minister Mohamed Ibrahim announced. ''This is a very important discovery'' because it points to economic and trade relations between Egypt and its Mediterranean neighbors in antiquity, the minister said. The zone was unearthed during a routine dig at the Tell Abu Seifi archeological site, which includes a fortress built by Roman Emperor Maximinus Thrax, who ruled from 235-238 AD. Archeologists discovered artisans' workshops, homes, warehouses and administrative offices, all of which render a plausible picture of daily life in a factory at that time, Ibrahim explained.

    The dig also unearthed a limestone block with Latin incisions describing the deployment of Roman legions within the fortress, and a small terracotta statue of Bes, the ancient Egyptian god who protected the household, Maqsud added.

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