2000 year old tombs found in Egypt

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Archaeologists have discovered three tombs that date back around 2,000 years in southern Egypt.

The tombs contained a collection of different sarcophagi. Sarcophagi are stone coffins. They also contained clay fragments.

Researchers say the discovery “suggests that the area was a great cemetery for a long span of time”.

One of the tombs, which was reached through a shaft carved in rock, contained four sarcophagi that had been sculpted to depict a human face.

In another, excavators found six burial holes, including one for the burial of a small child.

Ali al-Bakry, head of the mission, said one of the tombs contained bones believed to be the remains of “men, women and children of different ages”.

Clay fragments found at the site date the tombs between the 27th Dynasty and the Greco-Roman era (between 525BC and 332BC).

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