Hellenistic tomb - Courtesy of Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities
CAIRO - 8 June 2017: A new Hellenistic tomb was discovered in the Alexandrian district of El-Shatby, a statement released by the Ministry of Antiquities said Thursday.
The tomb was found during a discovery mission by a delegation from the Ministry of Antiquities, Mahmoud Afifi, head of the Ancient Egyptian Antiquities Sector at the ministry, said in the statement.
Pottery remains were found in the tomb as well as four halls, each consisting of burial holes that feature funerary phrases carved ancient Greek writing.
The ministry’s delegation found 300 artifacts in the tomb including pottery vessels, a terracotta statue and lamps made of clay, said Aya Mohamed Taher, an archaeologist on site, according to the ministry.
The delegation will study and analyze the funerary phrases during the next archaeological season to identify the owners of the tomb, she added.