Discovery of the remains of a Greco-Roman pottery workshop in the Egyptian governorate of Al-Beheira

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Part of the discovery – Min. of Tourism & Antiques

CAIRO – July 7, 2021: The Egyptian archaeological mission working in the region of Tel Kom Aziza in the governorate of Al-Beheira has discovered the remains of a huge pottery workshop, dating from the Greco-Roman period.

Part of the discovery - Min.  of Tourism & Antiques
Part of the discovery – Min. of Tourism & Antiques

The secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Mustafa Waziri, said that this workshop consists of buildings dating from the period between the third century BC and the first century AD.

Part of the discovery - Min.  of Tourism & Antiques
Part of the discovery – Min. of Tourism & Antiques

The mission succeeded in discovering the pelletizing area, the forming area, the drying area and the incineration furnaces of the workshop.

Part of the discovery - Min.  of Tourism & Antiques
Part of the discovery – Min. of Tourism & Antiques

Waziri explained that the granule area is where the clay is kneaded and mixed with other additives to increase the homogeneity between its granules. The forming area is the part intended for shaping and polishing the pots. Some of the tools used for this purpose have been found, such as metal tools, parts of the potter’s wheel, and parts of clay pots formed during this time.

Part of the discovery - Min.  of Tourism & Antiques
Part of the discovery – Min. of Tourism & Antiques

As for the drying area, this is the area where the jars are exposed to the sun as long as possible for the combustion process inside the incinerators so that the jars are fired and made into pottery.

Part of the discovery - Min.  of Tourism & Antiques
Part of the discovery – Min. of Tourism & Antiques

Head of Egyptian Antiquities Sector at Supreme Council of Antiquities Ayman Ashmawy pointed out that incinerators have top ventilation holes [Updraft Kilns], and are constructed of red brick and surrounded by thick mud brick walls to resist the pressure resulting from the combustion process.

Additionally, hot gas supply pipes, exhaust pipes that control the temperature inside the kiln, and the remains of unburned and raw terra cotta pots have all been found in the incinerators.

For his part, the head of the mission Ibrahim Sobhi said that the mission further found a residential area and mud brick houses with pottery pots for daily use, as well as ovens for cooking, storage silos. and bronze coins. This is in addition to a cluster of mud brick graves and tombs with skeletons buried in a squatting position, covered with a thick layer of silt and surrounded by a few pottery, alabaster and copper burial vessels.

It is likely that these burials date back to the beginning of the dynasties, and that the ancient Egyptians settled in this region from prehistoric times to Roman times.



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