Tuesday, January 24, 2023
Luxor – Mohamed Mahrous:
The archaeological discovery announced by the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, today, Tuesday, included a number of residential buildings and two bath towers from the second and third centuries AD, and a number of workshops for the manufacture and smelting of metals, inside which were a number of pots, water bottles, flasks, pottery saddles, grinding tools, and Roman coins of copper and bronze.
The Egyptian archaeological mission, headed by Dr. Mostafa Waziri, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, succeeded in uncovering an entire residential city from the Roman era, during archaeological excavations in the Beit Yassi Andraos area, adjacent to the Luxor Temple on the eastern bank of the city.
Waziri stressed the importance of the discovery, as it revealed the most important and oldest residential city on the eastern mainland in Luxor Governorate, which is an extension of the ancient city of Thebes. The workshops for the manufacture and smelting of metals contained a number of pots, water bottles, flasks, pottery slides, grinding tools, and Roman coins of copper and bronze.
Waziri expressed his happiness with the results of the excavations this season, noting that it is a very promising season, and that the mission will complete the excavation work at the site, which may lead to the discovery of more secrets of this city.
For his part, Dr. Fathi Yassin, Director General of Upper Egypt Antiquities, said that many pottery vessels that were used as nests for pigeons were found inside the two towers of pigeons, which preliminary studies indicated that they began to be used starting from the Roman era.
It should be noted that the mission had started completing the excavation work this season in the Beit Andrews area in September 2022, and that during its previous excavation seasons it had found a number of amphoras and saddles from the Byzantine era, in addition to a group of Roman bronze coins, part of a wall from the Roman era and an old storehouse. And a number of other archaeological icons dating back to different historical eras