Archaeologists in Egypt discover a Christian hamlet concealed among the ruins: ‘Revolutionary’
ARCHAEOLOGISTS investigating the ancient Egyptian city of Marea were perplexed when they came across the ruins of a once-thriving Christian community.
The ancient city of Marea was once a flourishing port town on Egypt’s northern shore during the Roman era (30 BC to 640 AD). The origins of Marea, which is located 28 miles southwest of Alexandria, may be traced all the way back to Alexander the Great’s invasion of Egypt in 332 BC. Another amazing piece of history has been unearthed at this archaeological site by a group of Polish researchers: the ruins of an extraordinary Christian village.
The hub, according to experts, was erected by Christian pilgrims traveling across Egypt in the sixth century.
The little village, which is roughly 32 acres in size, would have been a rest stop on the way to Abu Mena, a monastery complex located 31 miles southwest of Alexandria.
The discovery, according to academics, has “revolutionized” their understanding of this ancient city.
In recent years, Marea has been the location of numerous excavations, with researchers from all over the world flocking to the ruins.
If it hadn’t been for cutting-edge technology that allowed researchers to peek beneath the Egyptian sands, the Christian settlement might never have been discovered.
“In recent years, we have changed our understanding of this ancient city,” said Dr Mariusz Gwiazda of the University of Warsaw’s Center of Mediterranean Archaeology.
“Thanks to the employment of non-invasive and geophysical approaches in conjunction with excavations,” says the author.
The village was made up of a number of huge “modular” constructions made up of smaller 32ft by 32ft structures.
The structures have been dated to the sixth and ninth century AD by specialists.
“It was a tremendous surprise for us,” Dr. Gwiazda continued, “because new towns were not being developed in Egypt at the time.”
Egypt’s greatest phase of internal expansion occurred following Alexander the Great’s conquest in the Hellenistic period, and later during the Roman conquest.
There was no need to create any additional towns and cities after the Muslim conquest of Egypt between 639 and 646 AD; the Romans and Macedonians had built enough for generations.
The Christian structures were erected on the ruins of a Roman farm, according to archaeologists, but they were very different from what they expected to see.
The former location was almost certainly a vineyard.
“Brinkwire Summary News,” by Dr. Gwiazda.