News ID: 239740
Published: 1035 GMT March 04, 2019

Egypt rescues 2,000-year old catacombs from rising water

Egypt rescues 2,000-year old catacombs from rising water
MOHAMED EL-SHAHED/AFP

Egypt announced the completion of a project to save famed 2,000-year old catacombs in the coastal city of Alexandria from rising waters.

The Kom al-Shoqafa location, considered by archeologists to be the largest Greco-Roman burial site in Egypt, has been threatened by water since its discovery in 1900, thejakartapost.com wrote.

The catacombs, which were in use from the first to the fourth century AD, are renowned for funerary architecture blending ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman art.

The rising water prompted Egypt to launch a massive drainage project supported by the United States Agency for International (USAID) in 2017.

Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani told reporters at the site that the program had helped "end a problem threatening the area for more than 100 years".

Thomas Nichols, an engineer involved in the project, called it "a unique program where we blended archeology and civil engineering together".

Egypt has in recent years sought to promote archeological discoveries across the country in a bid to revive tourism hit by the turmoil that followed its 2011 uprising.

   
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