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Roman Shipwreck, Royal Discoveries Uncovered Underwater Near Alexandria

Roman Shipwreck, Royal Discoveries Uncovered Underwater Near Alexandria

Photo credit: Ministry of Antiquities

Three shipwrecks dating back to the Roman era were discovered during excavation works carried out by the Egyptian mission, in collaboration with the European Institute of Underwater Archeology in the Eastern port near Alexandria.

Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri explained in his announcement that the mission has succeeded to further uncover a royal head carved in crystal dating back to the Roman era. It is believed to have belonged to the commander of the armies “Antonio”.

Additionally, three gold coins dating back to the Emperor “Octavius” in Abu Qir Bay in Alexandria were uncovered.

A votive bark of god Osiris in the sunken city of Heraklion in Abu Qir bay was also discovered.

Head of the Central Department of the Underwater Antiquities Osama al-Nahas stressed that the discovery of these shipwrecks will surely lead to other hidden treasures, further indicating that a fourth shipwreck might be discovered during the next season as they found large wooden planks and pottery vessels.

The mission started its excavation in September following the approval of the Permanent Committee of Egyptian Antiquities, according to Head of the Ancient Egyptian Antiquities Sector Ayman Ashamwi.

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