Hellenistic tomb discovered in Alexandria

A rock-cut tomb dating back to the Hellenistic era (323-30 BC) has been discovered Al-Shatby district of Alexandria, Egypt.

Entrance to the tomb (by Ahram Online)

The discovery was made during the excavation work carried out by an Egyptian archaeological mission. The tomb was dated based on its architectural style and the remains of the pottery found inside. The tomb consists of four halls with burial cavities having colourful decorative elements and writings in ancient Greek, showing phases of funerary rites. The niches for the bodies were ordered in rows one above the other.

Pottery vessels (by Ahram Online)

Within the tomb archaeologist discovered nearly 300 artefacts, including pottery vessels, a terracotta statue and lamps made of clay.

Terracotta figurine (by Ahram Online)

(after Ahram Online & Egypt Independent)

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