CAIRO: Antiquities Minister Mamdouh el-Damaty announced in a press release Monday that archaeological surveys near Egypt’s Delta town of Rosetta had unearthed the ruins of a 2,000-year-old city that was buried under a thick layer of Nile silt, according to Youm7 Monday.
The new discovery is the collaborative work of the Antiquities Ministry, the Italian-Egyptian Center for Restoration and Archaeology and the Italian universities of Padova and Siena, said Damaty.
The archaeology team carried out magnetic surveys 25 kilometers south of the Nile’s western branch in Rosetta, said Damaty. The survey revealed several buildings surrounding a massive rectangular construction, strongly believed to have served as the main temple of the city.
“The survey also showed layouts of two separate cities on top of each other,” said Damaty, who added that the lower layout is strongly believed to date back to the early Hellenistic Period (332 B.C.-30 B.C.) while the upper layout most likely dates from the Roman Empire (30 B.C.-395).
“The new discovery is significant, as it reflects the structural details of ancient cities and accordingly sheds more light on the aspects of the daily life of their inhabitants,” Damaty said.
Archaeology team member Dr. Mohamed Kenawy said that initial inspections carried out at the city suggest that it might have been founded during the Late Period (664 B.C.-332 B.C.).