The oldest known pottery workshop of the Old Kingdom found in Egypt
According to the Antiquities Ministry, In Egypt’s southern province of Aswan, archaeologists unearthed an ancient pottery manufacturing workshop dating back to more than 4,000 years ago.
The workshop, the oldest pottery workshop in the Old Kingdom, dates from the 4th Dynasty, spanning 2,613 to 2,494 B.C., according to a statement from the ministry. The Old Kingdom is also known as the age when pyramid-building flourished.
Inside the workshop, archaeologists found an ancient pottery manufacturing wheel made of a limestone turntable and a hollow base.
Mostafa al-Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, says the discovery is “rare” and reveals more about the development of pottery manufacturing and the daily lives of ancient Egyptians during that time in history.
Also on Thursday, archaeologists opened a large, sealed, black granite sarcophagus dating to some 2,000 years ago in the coastal city of Alexandria.
The discovery, announced earlier this month, triggered speculation in local and international media about its contents.
However, Al-Waziri told reporters that only skeletal remains and sewage water were found in the sarcophagus, quashing speculation that it belonged to some ancient ruler.
He said the sarcophagus, weighting some 30 tons, may have belonged to a wealthy family that lived during the Ptolemaic era.
Later, the Antiquities Ministry said in a statement that initial inspection suggests the skeletal remains likely belonged to three warriors. It said the remains will undergo restoration to reveal more about them.