Home / News / Asia / Egypt unearths ancient artefacts ‘hidden’ in WWII

Egypt unearths ancient artefacts ‘hidden’ in WWII

Pots and other receptacles dating back to Greek, Roman, Coptic and Islamic eras were discovered “during restoration work” in a garden inside the Greco-Roman museum of Alexandria in northern Egypt, the ministry said in a statement. “These pots were most probably hidden by (British) archaeologist Alan Rowe and employees in the museum’s garden during World War II”, Ayman Ashmawy, head of Egyptian antiquities at the ministry, said in the statement.

The artefacts were hidden to “protect them from looting or being destroyed by repeated bombardments during the war”, he said. “The hiding process was carried out quickly without being documented or recorded on the museum’s list”, he added. The haul includes “Hidari” cremation urns intended for ashes during Greek times, said another official, Nadia Khadre. “The hiding place contains a collection of pottery of different sizes and shapes”, said Khadre, head of the central department of Egyptian, Greek and Roman antiquities.

x

Check Also

Observe Ambedkar Jayanti as `Protect Constitution Day`, say Dalit leaders; ask Centre to restore SC/ST Act by August 15

Observe Ambedkar Jayanti as `Protect Constitution Day`, say Dalit leaders; ask Centre to restore SC/ST Act by August 15

NEW DELHI: On the occasion of Ambedkar Jayanti on Saturday, several Dalit ...

Bollywood actor Rajpal Yadav, his wife convicted in Rs 5 crore loan recovery case, sentencing on April 23

Bollywood actor Rajpal Yadav, his wife convicted in Rs 5 crore loan recovery case, sentencing on April 23

NEW DELHI: Bollywood actor Rajpal Yadav, along with his wife, was on ...