Roman “Palace” from Upper Egypt

Something clearly lost in translation in this one from Al-Masry Al-Youm:

A huge palace from the Roman ages (31-395 BC) has been discovered in the New Valley Governorate in Upper Egypt, the Ministry of Antiquities announced Monday.

An US expedition in the Amhada region, 500km south of Cairo, unearthed a palace belonging to a person named Sornius, according to a statement by the ministry.

The ministry said the palace cannot be opened to the public due to erosion, but it said a copy will be constructed for visitors.

It added that the US team was able to translate the inscriptions found in the palace, which helped elucidate ancient cultural and educational activities in the region.

The team’s findings suggested that ancient Egyptian farmers might have worked in the region of the oases before coming to the Nile Valley.

I doubt the photo accompanying the article has anything to do with this find; I strongly suspect palace=villa … I can’t find where the “Ministry of Antiquities” announced this, if it made it to the web, so we’ll have to wait for mre details I guess …

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