Pottery workshop dating back at least 2,300 years is found in Egypt

Massive pottery workshop and skeletons in mud tombs from the Greco-Roman period are discovered in Egypt

  • A huge pottery workshop was unearthed in Egypt just north of Cairo
  • The workshop has multiple rooms, each for a process of making pottery
  • There is a kneading area, forming area, drying area and a room with kilns
  • It dates back to the Greco-Roman era from 332 紀元前から 395 広告
  • Archaeologists also uncovered buildings and burials around the workshop
  • A massive pottery workshop that produced stunning ceramics of all shapes, sizes and colors during the Greco-Roman period has been unearthed in エジプト.

    Archaeologists working in the area of Tel Kom Aziza in Al-Beheira Governorate, 約 100 miles north of Cairo, discovered an intricate stone structure with separate spaces dedicated to different processes of making pottery.

    The clay wedging and kneading area, the forming area, the drying area and the furnaces have all been unearthed so far, along with a trove of pottery that was fashioned thousands of years ago.

    The workshop also consists of buildings that experts say date back between the third century BC and first century AD.

    Mud brick tombs with complete skeletons were also discovered at the site, with some covered in a layer of silt and surrounded with pottery that likely came from the workshop.

    A massive pottery workshop that produced stunning ceramics of all shapes, sizes and colors during the Greco-Roman period has been unearthed in Egypt. The shop consists of separate spaces dedicated to different processes of making pottery

    A massive pottery workshop that produced stunning ceramics of all shapes, sizes and colors during the Greco-Roman period has been unearthed in Egypt. The shop consists of separate spaces dedicated to different processes of making pottery

    The Greco-Roman period marks the end of Persian rule in Egypt, which came about in 332 紀元前, when Greek conqueror Alexander the Great occupied Egypt and named himself pharaoh.

    Following Alexander the Great’s death, his general Ptolemy acquired Egypt and established the Ptolemaic dynasty, which reigned for the next three hundred years.

    しかしながら, the Romans began to move into Egypt and eventually conquered the nation in 30 紀元前.

    Roman influence and culture were then adopted by ancient Egyptians until 395 広告.

    Archaeologists discovered a trove of ceramics while digging at the site just north of Cairo

    Archaeologists discovered a trove of ceramics while digging at the site just north of Cairo

    The clay wedging and kneading area, the forming area, the drying area and the furnaces have all been unearthed so far, along with a trove of pottery that was fashioned thousands of years ago. Pictured is a kiln found at the site

    The clay wedging and kneading area, the forming area, the drying area and the furnaces have all been unearthed so far, along with a trove of pottery that was fashioned thousands of years ago. Pictured is a kiln found at the site

    Archaeologists made the discovery while working in the area of Tel Kom Aziza in Al-Beheira Governorate, which is about  about 100 miles north of Cairo

    Archaeologists made the discovery while working in the area of Tel Kom Aziza in Al-Beheira Governorate, which is about about 100 miles north of Cairo

    The pottery workshop is one of the few reminders of the Greco-Roman period, but it provides researchers with a window into the ancient world.

    Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mustafa Waziri, who worked at the site, said in a ステートメント that the wedging and kneading area was used to prepare clay before it was formed into pottery.

    The clay was then formed and polished in the forming area, where archaeologists also uncovered metal tools, pieces of a potter’s wheel and clay pot fragments, 地元 21 ニュース レポート.

    The drying area is a sun-exposed spot where the premade pots were left to dry in natural sunlight before being taken to the kilns, thermally insulated chambers that produce temperatures sufficient to carry out processes such as hardening.

    The pottery workshop is one of the few reminders of the Greco-Roman period, but provides researchers with a window into the ancient world

    The pottery workshop is one of the few reminders of the Greco-Roman period, but provides researchers with a window into the ancient world

    A residential settlement with houses made of mud bricks was also discovered in the area, which had pottery and other daily use instruments inside

    A residential settlement with houses made of mud bricks was also discovered in the area, which had pottery and other daily use instruments inside

    Archaeologists also found mud-brick tombs in the surrounding settlement, which were covered in silt and some surrounded by pottery that likely came from the workshop

    Archaeologists also found mud-brick tombs in the surrounding settlement, which were covered in silt and some surrounded by pottery that likely came from the workshop

    The head of the Egyptian Antiquities Sector at the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Ayman Ashmawy, said the kilns have upper ventilation holes and are built of red brick surrounded by thick walls of mud bricks to withstand high temperatures during the burning process.

    Gas pipes, discharge pipes that controlled the temperature inside ovens and unfinished pots were found in this area of the site.

    Ibrahim Sobhy, head of the archeological team, said a residential settlement with houses made of mud bricks was also discovered in the area, which had pottery and other daily use instruments inside.

    Archaeologists also found mud-brick tombs in the surrounding settlement, which were covered in silt and some surrounded by pottery that likely came from the workshop.

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