Archaeologists discover 2000 years old three ancient tombs in Egypt

Aug 16, 2017 12:30 IST
Three ancient tombs discovered in Egypt

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.

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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.

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