Marina el-Alamein: Archaeological Project (Egypt), 2012

Marina el-Alamein: Archeological Project

Dates of work: 17 May–10 June 2012

Director: Dr. Krzysztof Jakubiak (Institute of Archaeology, University of Warsaw)
SCA representatives: Soheir Fekrey Ahmed Hassan (2012)
Archaeologists: Szymon Maślak (PCMA UW), Klaudia Szajkowska (PhD candidate, Faculty of History, University of Warsaw)
Student-trainee: Iwona Laskowska (Institute of Archaeology, University of Warsaw)

(Joint description of seasons 2012, 2013 and 2014)

The Marina el-Alamein Archaeological Project concentrated on excavating the area in the northern part of the harbor town, where a street (S1) existed, running north–south toward the harbor, lined by buildings on both sides. A test trench was dug across it to study the stratigraphy. It helped to identify several street levels and at least two major building phases in this area. One of the structures (H39) contained a hypocaust furnace that led to the building interpreted as a bathhouse. A pebble mosaic was uncovered immediately west of the furnace. Opposite Building H39 and across street S1, there was a large and richly furnished residential house (H42). It encompassed two paved courtyards, which were in use in the first half of the 2nd century AD.

[Text: Polish Archaeology in the Mediterranean 25]