Tombs Found in Egypt's Nile Valley Date Back More Than 2000 Years

Remigio Civitarese
Agosto 16, 2017

Egypt's antiquities ministry says that archaeologists have discovered three tombs dating back more than 2000 years, from the Ptolemaic Period.

"This was the first time to find a burial of a child in Kamin Al-Sahrawi site", adds AlBakry.

The tombs contain a number of sarcophagi of different shapes and sizes, as well as a collection of clay fragments.

The discovery "suggests that the area was a great cemetery for a long span of time", it quoted Ashmawy as saying.

Archeologists in Egypt have uncovered ancient rock tombs, carved nearly two-and-half millennia ago during the time of the pharaohs, as they excavated chambers, two of which were hidden down burial shafts.

Clay fragments suggest the tombs date between the 27th Dynasty, founded in 525BC, and the Greco-Roman era, which began in 332BC.

Bones from men, women and children of different ages were discovered inside.

More work is underway at the site to discover its secrets, a statement from the ministry said.

During previous excavation work, the mission uncovered about 20 tombs built in the catacomb architectural style, prevalent during the 27th Dynasty and the Graeco-Roman era.

The discovery was made by an Egyptian archaeological mission from the Ministry of Antiquities working in the south-eastern town, Samalout.

Al-Bakry said the three newly discovered tombs have a different architecture design than the previously discovered ones.

The second tomb has two burial chambers and some wooden residues were unveiled during the excavation, while the cleaning in the third tomb isn't finished yet.

The first tomb, located to the north, is composed of a perpendicular burial shaft engraved in the rock and leads to a burial chamber containing four sarcophagi with anthropoid lids.

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