Ancient Roman glass workshop unearthed in Egyptian Delta

Nevine El-Aref , Wednesday 19 Aug 2015

Archaeological mission discovers Roman glass workshop in Tell Mutubis at Kafr Al-Sheikh governorate in Delta

a fragment of clay engraved with a palm

During an archaeological survey in Tell Mutubis at Kafr Al-Sheikh in Delta, a British-Egyptian archaeological mission uncovered a glass workshop from the late Roman period.

Minister of Antiquities Mamdouh Eldamaty told Ahram Online that the workshop includes a number of buildings with limestone floors and walls covered with plaster as well as storehouses, glass ovens, and residential houses. A group of large walls was also found.

"Discovering such huge walls in that area suggests that the holes found in eastern Mutubis were probably part of a vaulted public bath," Eldamaty pointed out.

The head of the mission, Dr. Penny Wilson, said that the unearthed collection of clay and glass pots along with eroded coins reveal that the site was used during the Roman period but was abandoned after the Islamic conquest.

the area of the public bath with the walls

Wilson added that the archaeological team carried out the survey by using state-of-the-art technology and a gradiometer, which enabled them to survey 10,000 square metres, almost the entire surface around Tell Mutubis.

“The finds are significant as they indicate the cultural transitions during the Roman period to the early Islamic period, which started in the mid seventh century,” Wilson pointed out.

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