An Egyptian archaeological mission working on reducing the underground water level at the Temple of Kom-Ombo in Egypt’s southernmost province, Aswan, has uncovered a pottery workshop said to be the oldest in Egypt. Dating back some 4,500 years, it has been described by archaeologists as a rare find that provides a glimpse into daily life from millenia ago.
In a statement, Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of Egypt´s Supreme Council of Antiquities, said: “This is one of the rare finds that shed light on daily life, industrial activity and the development of art in ancient Egypt.”
The workshop was built during the Fourth Dynasty of ancient Egypt, between 2613 and 2494 BC), the same period the famous pyramids of Giza were built.
The find included a stone pottery wheel as well as cylindrical pits in which mud was hammered to form pottery products.
22 July 2018