The Necropoleis

We probably know more about the Alexandria of the dead than that of the living. For over 200 years, the city’s necropoleis have been excavated and documented as urban development has spread, but they have rarely been preserved. The CEAlex has brought together archaeologists and archaeo-anthropologists in its excavations, in addition to all the specialists needed for a comprehensive study of funerary rites and customs. The CEAlex has engaged in salvage excavations in the ancient necropoleis to the east (Terra Santa No. 2) and west of the city (Gabbari Bridge) and in more recent cemeteries located near Christian buildings (Park Cinema and Lux Garage), and near the medieval defensive wall (Diana Theatre). Moreover, specific studies of the painted decoration of the tombs of Kom el-Shugafa and Anfushi, uncovered at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries, have made it possible to discover new paintings and to identify the subject of the painted representations more precisely, thanks to the application of new photographic techniques.