Egyptian archaeologists have found in the Mediterranean sea the remains of three ancient ships

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Egyptian archaeologists working in the Mediterranean sea near Alexandria, found the remains of three ships of the times of the Roman Empire, the official news Agency MENA.

According to General Secretary of the Supreme Council of antiquities Mustafa Vaziri, the find was made in the Eastern port of Alexandria. There the fragment of statues, a few gold coins of the time of Octavian Augustus (63 BC — 14 ad), and other artifacts of the Roman period.

According to the head of the Egyptian Department for sunken monuments Osama EN-Nahas and remains of ships show that «this area holds many undiscovered secrets.»

He added that during this season, scientists may discover and the fourth ship, as the Bay of Abu-Kir near Alexandria, where are also going research, were found wooden beams, boards and things that may belong to another ancient sunken ship.

The head of Egyptian antiquities sector Ayman Ashmawy, in turn, said that the archaeological mission began its work in the Mediterranean area this season in September, after obtaining permission of the Ministry of antiquities. «The work involves excavations in the Eastern port, the Bay of Abu-Kir, as well as measures for documenting of all finds and discoveries of recent years for the Ministry and the Museum,» he said.

 

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