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Ancient Egyptian Winery Found

Egyptian archaeologists have found a 2,000-year-old Roman city in the Nile Delta, complete with the remains of an ancient winery, Egypt's antiquities chief Gaballah Ali Gaballah said on Tuesday.

"The Romans came to Egypt when they beat Cleopatra in 30 BC, and this city dates back to about the first century AD," Gaballah told Reuters, referring to one of ancient Egypt's most famous queens.

The team made the discovery in Kom Nagierea, near the Mediterranean city of Alexandria.

"A rectangular-shaped building was also unearthed and it turned out that it was part of a winery," he said. Some of the red brick structure was covered by a layer of alabaster.

"This is the area of Egypt where they grew wine even 2,000 years ago," he said. Egypt still produces red and white wines in the Delta.

Earlier in the month archaeologists sifting through the desert sands near Cairo discovered the oldest-known tomb of a pharaonic surgeon, dating back more than 4,000 years.

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