The Japan Times
December 1, 1999

Egypt archaeologists make discovery

CAIRO (AFP-Jiji) The remains of a Roman-era port and a ship were discovered by Egyptian archaeologists searching underwater near the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, Culture Minister Faruk Hosni said Monday.

The 30-meter-long ship, which had been carrying wine, oil and 100 fountains, lay within the outlines of a port off Alexandria's Maamura neighborhood, Hosni told Egypt's MENA news agency.

It was the first discovery the Egyptian underwater antiquities mission had made without foreign experts taking part, Gaballah Ali Gaballah, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, told MENA.