Back in February, we talked about the remnants of a sandstone temple of Roman origins that had been uncovered at the Kom Al-Rasras site in Aswan, possibly dating from the 2nd century AD. Well, this time around, researchers have come across yet another legacy of the Greco-Roman presence in ancient Egypt, with the discovery of a large red brick structure at the San El-Hagar archaeological site at Gharbia Governorate. According to Dr. Ayman Ashmawy, Head of the Ancient Egyptian Antiquities, the structure possibly pertains to only a part of a bath, measuring roughly 600 sq ft in area.
During the excavations, archaeologists were also able to find a range of objects and artifacts at the site, including pottery vessels, terracotta statues, bronze tools, a stone fragment engraved with hieroglyphs, and a small statue of a ram. But arguably the most fascinating find, according to Dr. Ashmawy, pertains to a gold coin of Ptolemy III. It was made during the reign of Ptolemy IV (also known as Ptolemy IV Philopator), circa late 3rd century BC, in memory of his father. According to the Ministry of Antiquities –
The diameter of the coin is 2.6 cm and weighs about 28 gr. on one of the coin’s faces is decorated with a portrait of King Ptolemy III wearing the crown and the other side bears the Land if Prosperity surrounds with the name of the king.
Lastly, suffice it to say, the archaeologists will continue to excavate the site to reveal more sections of the aforementioned large structure with its Greek heritage.
Source/Images Credit: Ministry of Antiquities