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Saturday 18 August 2018

Ancient pottery found near River Nile dates to more than 4,000 years ago

The find relates to a time of great pyramid-building in Egypt.

A 4,000-year old pottery manufacturing workshop that was recently discovered close to the Nile River in Aswan province, southern Egypt (Ministry of Antiquities/AP)
A 4,000-year old pottery manufacturing workshop that was recently discovered close to the Nile River in Aswan province, southern Egypt (Ministry of Antiquities/AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered an ancient pottery manufacturing workshop dating to more than 4,000 years ago.

Thursday’s statement by the Antiquities Ministry says the workshop is situated close to the River Nile in Aswan province in southern Egypt.

It says the workshop, the oldest pottery workshop in the Old Kingdom, belongs to the Fourth Dynasty, spanning 2,613 to 2,494 BC.

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Egypt’s pyramids during a flypast by the Red Arrows (PA)

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, said 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.

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