Egypt Exploration Fund   [Hrsg.]
Archaeological report: comprising the work of the Egypt Exploration Fund and the progress of egyptology during the year ... — 1894-1895

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Alexandria, South of the Boulevard de Rosette.


in the earth. On the opposite side of the pit we cut a small drain just
below the level of the lowest elevation-course of the house. One or two
quite modern objects (e.g. half a round shot) were found near the surface,
but nothing at all at the Roman level, or below it, not even any frag-
ments of distinctive Greek ware.

My overseer—a builder's foreman by trade—informed me that he had
been engaged upon the building of several houses in Cherif Pasha Street,
and other localities between the street and the point where I was work-
ing, and that, although the foundation had been sunk in all cases down
to the virgin earth, no antiquities of auy moment at all had ever
been found. M. Alexandre de Zogheb showed me a spot just to the
north-west of my pit, where a stele dedicated to Isis Plousia1 was found
in 1872, but assured me that in the foundations of the houses built by
or for his family in that neighbourhood nothing had been turned up.
The same report was given by men who had been engaged in the build-
ing of the Zizinia Theatre, and by owners of houses (e.g. M. Goussio) to
the east of that edifice. Neroutzos relates the finding of Roman con-
structions near the Synagogue, and guesses them to bo remains of
Hadrian's Palace : and ruined walls, caps and shafts found in building
the Municipality have been referred to the Temple of Saturn, but in
neither case on any better ground than sheer conjecture. The one point
established beyond doubt is the state of utter ruin in which the scanty
remains of even Roman times are uniformly and everywhere on the
north side of the Boulevard de Rosette.

B.—South of the Boulevard de Rosette.

This part of the ancient site is more open. The eastern end is occu-
pied by the vast Roman cemetery of Hadra, in which we made test-
borings (f. infra, p. 28), and there is probably nothing better to bo
found there than Byzantine houses with rifled graves below them. Somo
fragments of Roman brick-work project from the sides of fosse, belong-

1 Alexander himself is said to have ordered a temple "icrifios Alyvmuis to be erected
in the city (Arr. Anab. iii. 1). If this dedication to Isis Plousia implies the
existence of a temple, it might be the Founder's own foundation, and, if so, worth
Goeking. But the whole vicinity is built oyer now,
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