Ancient Hellenistic tomb discovered in Egypt's Alexandria

Source: Xinhua| 2017-06-09 04:23:35|Editor: yan
Video PlayerClose

CAIRO, June 8 (Xinhua) -- Egyptian Antiquities Ministry announced on Thursday the discovery of a Hellenistic tomb in El-Shatby district area in the coastal city of Alexandria.

The ministry said in a press statement that the discovery was made during the excavation work carried out by an Egyptian archaeological mission from the ministry's inspectorate in Alexandria.

According to the statement, the tomb's decorations and architectural style as well as the remains of the pottery found inside show that the discovery dates back to the time of Greek occupation in Egypt.

The discovered tomb consists of four halls and each one of them has some burial holes decorated with colorful decorative elements and writings in Ancient Greek showing funerary phrases, the statement explained.

About 300 artifacts, including pottery vessels, a terracotta statue and lamps made of clay were found inside the tomb.

As one of the most ancient civilizations, Egypt has been hard at work to preserve its archaeological heritages.

Also, in an attempt to revive the country's ailing tourism sector, which has suffered from an acute recession in the past few years due to political turmoil and security issues, Egypt is keen to uncover the Pharaohs' archaeological secrets as well as other ancient civilizations throughout the history of this country.