Monday, October 08, 2007

Excavations at Nelson Island

Egypt Daily Star News

Excavations are revealing history from the late Pharaonic period onwards.

Underwater archaeologists are recovering more monuments and artifacts from the Nelson Island, located off Abu Qir bay in Alexandria, according to Alaa Mahrous, director of the underwater archaeology department in Alexandria.

Excavations on the small island have been in full swing ever since they were initiated by an Italian team that belongs to the University of Torino in the late 1990s, Mahrous said.

The island was known in ancient chronicles as the Canope Island because it faced what was once the Canope estuary of the Nile — where an important port was built.

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