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« on: November 15, 2009, 12:38:54 am »

Discoveries of Polish archaeologists in a Byzantine basilica in Egypt

Polish archaeologists discovered an unknown baptistery, and a few hundred bronze coins during the tenth archaeological season in Marea, a town situated 45 kilometers southeast of Alexandria. Under the command of Prof. Hanna Szymańska and Dr. Krzysztof Babraj scientists from The University of Warsaw's Center of Mediterranean Archaeology and The Archaeology Museum in Kraków have focused their efforts on examining the eastern side of the basilica and rooms placed behind the southwestern corner of the building.

Whilst excavating the floors in the basilicas main nave and its northern side nave the scientists discovered a baptistery. Its dimension is 4.5 by 2.5 meters and is 1.5 meters high. It is built from large stone blocks.
 
The archaeologists also discovered a well attached to the baptistery with special holes in its walls for the people who where to clean it. , that was attached to the baptistery, It hasn't been established whether water from the well, that was used to baptize people came from a lake or from an underground source.

The archaeologists are also surprised that the whole construction was rested on a stylobate, they suppose the column was removed in order to build the baptistery. This is the second discovery of a baptistery in the Marean Basilica - says Dr. Babraj. The scientist also adds, that the baptistery near the sanctuary, next to the main altar, that was discovered during the 2003 season, was built in the 5th century A.D., and may have been completed before constructing the main part basilica.

Two giant structures were discovered in the southern nave. They were probably built there to create a small area next to the side entrance to the basilica. Archaeologists discovered fragments of a marble bowl for holy water between them. In the northeastern corner of the basilica archaeologists discovered a camouflaged cellar made up of two rooms, partially rock-hewn. The cellar was full of almost one hundred small water vessels and olive lamps. They also discovered a few hundred bronze coins. Two ditches above the cellar served to ventilate it.

PAP - Science and Scholarship in Poland, tr. ajb, Szymon Zdziebłowski

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