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Alexandria, July 5, 2018 - Hundreds of ancient pottery items have been discovered in an Alexandria museum in a hiding place “most probably” created during World War II, Antiquities Ministry said.

Pots and other receptacles dating back to Greek, Roman, Coptic and Islamic eras were discovered “during restoration work” in a garden inside the Greco-Roman museum of Alexandria, known as 'Patio', the ministry said in a statement.

“These pots were most probably hidden by (British) archaeologist Alan Rowe and employees in the museum’s garden during World War II”, Ayman Ashmawy, head of Egyptian antiquities at the ministry, said in the statement.

The artefacts were hidden to “be protected from looting or being destroyed by repeated bombardments during the war”, he said. “The hiding process was carried out quickly without being documented or recorded on the museum’s list”, he added.

The haul includes “Hidari” cremation urns – intended for ashes during Greek times, said another official, Nadia Khadre.

“The hiding place also contains a collection of pottery of different sizes and shapes”, said Khadre, head of the central department of Egyptian, Greek and Roman antiquities.

Other items include coloured pots, large dishes and tableware from the Greek, Roman and Byzantine eras.


PARIS, May 31, 2018 (News Wires) — President Emmanuel Macron is launching a national lottery to help restore France’s magnificent chateaux and other historic monuments.

Macron is kicking off the project Thursday with a visit to the chateau of French philosopher Voltaire, near the Swiss border, to showcase an example of successful restoration.

A total of 250 sites will benefit from the financing. The list includes an 18th century fortress on a tiny Brittany island, the home of writer Aime Cesaire in the Caribbean, a 12th century Burgundy castle and a Roman aqueduct in eastern France.

Macron, a culture and history lover, hopes the operation will yield millions of euros for the French state, in addition to cash winnings for lucky players.

It is the first such project in France, though Britain has a similar initiative.

CAIRO, April 17, 2018 (MENA) - Egypt will mark on Wednesday the International Day for Monuments and Sites with opening its archaeological sites for free. Several cultural activities will be organized in a number of archaeological sites.

Archaeology researcher Sameh el Zahhar said on Tuesday Egypt managed to boast a sublime position on the World Heritage List, noting that it has seven various sites on that list.

He added that 2017-2018 was the worst year for humanitarian heritage, especially in the Middle East where key archaeological sites were destroyed in ancient Aleppo.

He noted that most of Iraqi antiques alongside some Syrian and Libyan artifacts were smuggled to Europe and the US by terrorists.

Researchers and experts said Egypt - despite the fact that some of its monuments were stolen - remained the best Arab state in protecting its heritage, Zahhar underlined, referring to Egypt's plan for the restoration of its monuments.