Friday, April 06, 2012

Antiquities Ministry demands halt of building construction in Alexandria

Ahram Online

The Ministry of State for Antiquities (MSA) has called on Alexandria governorate and all relevant authorities to stop immediately digging works in the vicinity of the Greco-Roman Museum. A collection of authentic pots have been uncovered during digging linked to an Alexandria governorate development project. The area is located midway between the museum and the governorate building.

Egypt Independent 

The Antiquities Ministry requested that drilling next to Alexandria’s Greco-Roman museum be stopped. Construction is taking place on a governorate building project next to the museum. 

The request came after the discovery of antiquities like pottery and stones which could reveal an area of archaeological value under the construction site.

The ministry said in a statement that excavations should be done on the site according to the antiquities law.

Antiquities Minister Mohamed Ibrahim Ali said archaeologists noticed the antiquities on the site and informed the archaeological monitoring department, which formed a committee to examine the area.

In its report, the committee said that the broken pottery and other objects were found among the rubble that resulted from the drilling. 

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