Egypt archaeologists have recently discovered three ancient tombs containing coffins or sarcophagi in the south of the country in a cemetery dating back about 2000 years. The information regarding the discovery was provided by Egyptian Antiquities Ministry on 15 August 2017.
The discovery was made when a team of archaeologists excavated tombs in the Al-Kamin al-Sahrawi area in Cairo's Minya province. The sarcophagi was found in burial grounds that are thought to be constructed between the 27th Dynasty and the Greco-Roman period.
Highlights of the discovery
• The team found a collection of sarcophagi of different shapes and sizes as well as clay fragments.
• One of the tombs contained four sarcophagi, each sculpted to depict a human face. This tomb was reached through a shaft carved in rock.
• Another tomb contained the remains of two sarcophagi and six burial holes including the one for the burial of a small child.
• The discovered clay fragments date the tombs between the 27th Dynasty (525 BC) and the Greco-Roman era (between 332 BC and the fourth century).
• Excavators also discovered the bones of men, women and children of different ages in one of the three tombs.
• The discovery suggests that the area was a great cemetery for a long time.
When: 15 August 2017
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