Arthur Shippee forwarded this article via Facebook. It's from the Independent about Ptolemaic era coins discovered in an ancient wine cellar north of Cairo, Egypt.
There were no 2,500 year old bottles of the good stuff lying around, but archeologists exploring an ancient Greco-Roman wine cellar north of Egypt's capital Cairo did make
a number of intriguing discoveries.
Ptolemaic era coins, fragments of ceramic and mosaic works, and a sophisticated architectural design for controlling temperatures using various types and shapes of stones were
among the artefacts they discovered.
Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities announced the discovery of the wine cellar at Tel Kom al-Trogy in Biheira province in the Nile Delta region, showing off pieces collected
inside the subterranean facility.
Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of Egypt's antiquities council, described a distinguished architectural style inside the facility with thick mud brick walls of various
depths, mixed in with irregularly shaped limestone blocks likely used to control temperatures inside the cellar.
The region around the Tel Kom was known as producing some of the finest wines during Egypt's Greco-Roman period which spanned the from 4th century BC to the arrival of Islam in
the 7th Century.
To read the complete article, see:
Ancient Egyptian wine cellar containing coins and ceramics
discovered by archaeologists (https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/egypt-archeology-wine-pyramids-sphinx-giza-a8750911.html)
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