When I was in Alexandria, we visited the Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa, an ancient necropolis during Ptolomaic and Roman times. Due to the time period, many of the features of the catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa merge Roman, Ancient Macedonian, Greek and Egyptian cultural points; some statues are Egyptian in style, yet bear Roman clothes and hair style while other features share a similar style. The catacombs were named Kom El Shoqafa, meaning Mound of Shards, because the area used to contain a mound of shards of terra cotta which mostly consisted of jars and objects made of clay. These objects were left by those visiting the tombs, who would bring food and wine for their consumption during the visit. However, they did not wish to carry these containers home from this place of death so they would break them. At the time of the discovery, heaps of these broken plates were found.
On the way back from the Zeugma Mosaic Museum in Gaziantep, we stopped at the actual site of ancient Zeugma on the Euphrates. It is scattered over a fairly large area perched atop the rocky northern slope of Ayvaz Tepe. Of course about a third of the site is underwater from the Birecik Dam on the Euphrates River but a majority of the site is still available and plans are in the works for a covered archeology park. To get there, you take an unmarked road for a fair distance through groves of pistachio trees until you come upon the uninhibited south view of Ayvaz Tepe, with two stone quarries and necropolis, also on the south side of Ayvaz Tepe. Once you arrive, there is a small café along with a relatively amazing $1.5 million dollar enclosure over the dig site, complete with a police guard. The plan is to create an archeolgy park with more enclosures to highlight mosaics in place as well as the rooms they were placed in. The current enclosure includes several Villas including the House of Dyonisys and the House of Danae.