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Roman ruins in Egypt to be developed into museum

The ruins, known as Mons Claudianus, are the site of a granite quarry and also in ancient times housed a garrison, a complete workers settlement

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Egypt’s antiquities ministry on Thursday approved a plan to develop a Roman-era quarry in the country’s eastern desert region into an open air museum.

The ruins, known as Mons Claudianus, are the site of a granite quarry and also in ancient times housed a garrison, a complete workers settlement. Under the ministry’s plan, the ancient quarrying process will be displayed, Cairo-based daily al-Ahram reported.

At the site, fragment of granite items have been discovered, along with broken columns and pottery.

Earlier this week, the controversial Egyptian archaeologist and former antiquities minister Zahi Hawass told AP in an interview of his plans for an “International Grand Museum,” built out of the site of the pyramids, and said he hopes to attract foreign investors to bankroll the $1 bln project.

Foreign funding was needed, he said, due to the failure of government institutions to complete such an undertaking. “Government routine cannot work for museums,” Hawass said.