The Minister of Antiquities Mamdouh Al-Damati has announced the discovery of the remains of an ancient city dating back to the Roman era.
The city is located about 25 kilometres south of Rosetta, in the Beheira governorate, and was found under a colossal layer of Nile mud.
A magnetic survey was used to detect and map archaeological features, by a joint international team formed between the Ministry of Antiquities and the Italian universities of Siena and Padova.
Geophysical survey of the site
The minister stressed the importance of this discovery as it would help in finding out more details of the architecture and daily life of such cities.
According to the minister, the city is an excellent example of the Graeco-Roman cities in the Nile Delta.
The site is an addition to the architectural elements in the Kom El Ahmar and Kom El Wasit sites, as well as a Roman bath which was discovered before at the same site.
Limestone relief found at Kom El Ahmar (photo: Brooklyn Museum)
“Many structures were discovered around one big square building which probably used for religious or administrative purposes,” the minister explained.
The city plans show its growth in two different directions, the older phase dates to the early Hellenistic era while the newer phase dates to the late Hellenistic and early Roman period.
Dr Mohamed Kenawi, head of the Egyptian team, said “The latest geophysical, topographical and aerial photography techniques used by the team of European and Egyptian scholars will open the door to more archaeological discoveries.”
Next season work at the site will endeavour to reveal more architectural elements, using different archaeological survey techniques.