Remains of a ceramic workshop of the Roman era were found in Alexandria

Utensils, amphorae, terracotta pots … archaeologists have found many artifacts in the pottery complex, where several stoves are perfectly preserved in the rock.

The Egyptian Archaeological Mission, which reports to the High Council of Antiquities, has discovered a huge pottery complex of the early Roman period (1st century BC). Excavations west of Alexandria at the site of Tabba Matukh also found numerous kitchen utensils, divine figurines and two burials. Utensils, amphorae and terracotta pots emerged from the ground as archaeologists explored the site. But one of the great discoveries that sheds light on the main use of this place is the presence of several stoves that are used to prepare pieces of land. According to archaeologists excavated in the rock, they were found in very good condition. So much so that you can still see the arched entrance, where the potters came to put things there, explains in a press release Mustafa Waziri, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities.

One of the furnaces, found on the spot, is inscribed in the rock, which has an arched entrance in the western part. Screenshot Twitter @TourismandAntiq

Then the doors of various furnaces were sealed with clay and terracotta fragments before lighting the furnace by inserting fuel through a small hole under the entrance. Thanks to another kiln for the production of lime, which was found at this place, archaeologists have suggested that this place was also used later, long after its creation in the first century BC J.-C.

As an illustration, two remains of terracotta pots were found in one of the rooms of the ceramic workshop. Supreme Council of Antiquities and Tourism

The presence of graves

But according to the first archaeological examination, it would seem that this place was used not only for the manufacture of terracotta products. Indeed, two burials were found in one place, one of which still contained the bones of a pregnant woman. They were attributed to the IV centuryand century AD, ie after the creation of a ceramic workshop.

Archaeologists have also discovered other objects, some of which date back to the Ptolemaic era (between the IV century.and and Iis century BC). Rest rooms for workers, places to eat or store utensils … they have different purposes. Bones of pigs, goats and fish were found in one, and tools and amphorae in the other.

One of the divine figurines found in the fence of the ceramic workshop, which here represents the God of Mount. Screenshot Twitter @TourismandAntiq

Surprisingly, terracotta figurines representing various divine figures were found. One of them depicts Harpocrates, the Egyptian name of the god Horus, one of the oldest deities, often depicted as a crowned wheat falcon, whose name means “Distance”, regarding the majestic flight of the raptor. Not far from these remains, the archaeological mission also found a collection of coins engraved with the faces of Alexander the Great, Zeus and Cleopatra.


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