New Archaeological Discovery On El Alamein City’s Shores


The Egyptian archaeological mission from the Central Department of Underwater Antiquities at the Supreme Council of Antiquities has uncovered the remains of a sunken ship and a number of amphorae dating back to the 3rd century BCE during underwater excavation and surveying at a submerged site in the Mediterranean Sea, approximately 650 meters off the coast of El Alamein area.

Dr. Mustafa Waziry, the Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, stated the commercial significance of the El Alamein region and the northern coast during the 3rd century BCE, where numerous commercial ports existed. Additionally, the discovery holds scientific importance as it provides new evidence of Egypt’s and the region’s commercial, economic, and touristic prominence.

On his part, Dr. Ayman Ashmawy, the head of the Egyptian Antiquities Sector at the Supreme Council of Antiquities, pointed out that during the archaeological survey in the area, remains of the sunken ship’s timber and hundreds of pottery artifacts were found, including a large number of amphorae imported from the island of Rhodes in Greece. These amphorae were used in ancient times for storing and transporting wine. He also mentioned that these amphorae were found clustered near a submerged island next to the ship, indicating that the likely cause of the ship’s sinking during its commercial journey was a collision with the island located at the seabed.

Islam Salim, the head of the Central Department of Underwater Antiquities, explained that this archaeological site was discovered through the efforts of engineer Hussein Mashrefa Malik, the owner of a marine survey company. He witnessed the remains of the sunken ship during his company’s survey operations in the area and immediately informed the Supreme Council of Antiquities. Consequently, a scientific archaeological team from the Central Department of Underwater Antiquities was dispatched to the El Alamein region to begin underwater diving and archaeological survey work to assess the historical and archaeological significance of the site.


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