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The excavations

Shatby cemetery was unearthed during the systematic excavations (1904-10) of Evaristo Breccia, director of the Graeco-Roman Museum of Alexandria. After many decades of deterioration, the site was restored and upgraded by the Archaeological Society of Alexandria, sponsored by The A. G. Leventis Foundation (2020-22). The mission also consolidated the excavation of Breccia, which had remained incomplete, owing to limited means. The necropolis of Shatby yielded a variety of finds such as gravestones, cinerary urns (including Hadra Hydriae, the trademark of the Alexandrian Necropolis), minor sculptures, coinage, glassware and plenty of pottery.