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Police Discover Limestone Relief Beneath Egyptian Home

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

AL-QANTARA EAST, EGYPT—Egypt’s Tourism and Antiquities Police discovered a limestone relief engraved with four lines of Greek text while pursuing a gang of smugglers along the Suez Canal. The relief, which is topped with a winged sun disk, was part of a poorly preserved tomb containing human skeletal remains and pottery. Mohamed Abdel Maqsoud, head of the Ancient Egyptian Antiquities section of the Ministry of State Antiquities, thinks the now residential area was once a Greco-Roman necropolis.