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World Egypt unearths ancient artifacts that may have been hidden during WWII

18:56  04 july  2018
18:56  04 july  2018 Source:   msn.com

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Hundreds of ancient pottery items have been discovered in an Alexandria museum in a hiding place "most probably" created during World War II, Egypt's antiquities ministry said on Wednesday.

Pots and other receptacles dating back to Greek, Roman, Coptic and Islamic eras were discovered "during restoration work" in a garden inside the Greco-Roman museum of Alexandria in northern Egypt, the ministry said in a statement.

"These pots were most probably hidden by (British) archaeologist Alan Rowe and ... employees in the museum's garden during World War II," Ayman Ashmawy, head of Egyptian antiquities at the ministry, said in the statement.

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Hundreds of ancient pottery items have been discovered in an Alexandria museum, Egypt 's antiquities ministry said.Pots and other receptacles dating back to Greek, Roman, Coptic and Islamic eras were discovered " during restoration work" in a garden inside the Greco-Roman museum of Alexandria in

Hundreds of ancient pottery items have been discovered in an Alexandria museum in a hiding place "most probably" created during World War II , Egypt 's antiquities ministry said Wednesday. Pots and other receptacles dating back to Greek, Roman, Coptic and Islamic eras were discovered ".

The artifacts were hidden to "protect them from looting or being destroyed by repeated bombardments during the war," he said.

"The hiding process was carried out quickly without being documented or recorded on the museum's list," he added.

The haul includes "Hidari" cremation urns — intended for ashes during Greek times, said another official, Nadia Khadre.

"The hiding place contains a collection of pottery of different sizes and shapes," said Khadre, head of the central department of Egyptian, Greek and Roman antiquities.

Other items include colored pots, large dishes and tableware from the Greek, Roman and Byzantine eras.

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