Roman town unearthed

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Archaeologists have unearthed the ruins of a Roman town built during Emperor Nero's reign in southern Egypt, an antiquities official said yesterday.

A four-year excavation by Canadian and Egyptian archaeologists has revealed two-storey homes, said Mohammed el-Saghir, the director-general for southern Egyptian antiquities. The town lies in an area called Esment el-Kharab, near the Dakhla Oasis, 550km (341 miles) south-west of Cairo, Mr el-Saghir added. The buildings were "in good condition", despite having been erected in the first century AD.

- AP, Cairo