Remains of ancient volcanic eruption unearthed west of Suez Canal
Antiquities Minister Mamdouh el-Damaty

CAIRO: Remains of the Santorini volcanic eruption, which is estimated to have occurred around 1,500 B.C., were unearthed at Egypt’s archaeological site of Tell Defna located on the western bank of the Suez Canal, Antiquities Ministry Mamdouh al Damaty announced Tuesday.

“The expedition unveiled a fortified island surrounded by a mud brick enclosure wall which worked as barriers to protect the island from potential tsunamis,” Mohamed Abdel Maqsoud, head of the archaeological committee of the Horus Road development project stated Tuesday.

“The eruption was not only the first natural disasters to hit the Mediterranean Sea but also was one of the largest volcanic events on the history of mankind. It has caused a severe damage to the ancient Greek Island of Thera (modern-day Santorini) along with agricultural communities on nearby islands,” said Damaty.

The minister has expressed his appreciation for the Egyptian Archaeological Expedition working at the site under the authority of the Ministry of Antiquities. The expedition has made several discoveries that have contributed to archeological research on Egypt’s Delta and Suez Canal regions, he added.

The area along Horus Road, which extended from Egypt’s Sinai to Gaza, includes 11 ancient fortresses, said Abdel Maqsoud.

Remains of mastabas, workshops, and furnaces used for melting metals and baking bread were also discovered in the site, in addition to skeleton remains of fishes and crocodiles, he added.

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