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Archaeologists Excavated Amphora Workshop In Egypt

Recently, an amphora workshop has been discovered at Tabba Matouh in west Alexandria, Egypt.

The location once was the manufacturing place for amphorae and pottery during the Greco-Roman era, while also acted as a storage warehouse.

Having a pointed bottom, amphorae were used for the shipment of several products, both liquid and dry, but largely for wine by land or sea trade route.

Source: Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities

An Egyptian archaeological mission found the workshop, containing a group of kilns operated across various periods in history.

Whilst amphorae production was mainly during the Roman period, the workshop was later used for the production of lime possibly in the Byzantine period. Proof also depicts activity during the Middle Ages where the site was repurposed as a cemetery.

Source: Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities

To the south of the ovens is a construction acted as a warehouse for the amphorae, also housing large cooking pots and tableware, whilst a group of limestone buildings including thirty rooms were used as temporary accommodation for the workers and food preparation.

Within the group of structures, the researchers found firewood, amphorae, small statues and animal bones, in addition to Ptolemaic coins bearing the faces of Alexander the Great and Queen Cleopatra.