Cairo, Egypt

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Ar­chae­ol­o­gists have dis­cov­ered three tombs that date back around 2,000 years in south­ern Egypt. They were found in burial grounds in the AlKamin al-Sahrawi area in Minya prov­ince, south of Cairo. The tombs con­tained a col­lec­tion of dif­fer­ent sar­cophagi, or stone coffins, as well as clay frag­ments. Egypt’s an­tiq­ui­ties min­istry said the dis­cov­ery “sug­gests that the area was a great ceme­tery for a long span of time”. Clay frag­ments found at the site date the tombs be­tween the 27th Dy­nasty, founded in 525BC, and the Greco-Ro­man era, which lasted be­tween 332BC and the 4th Cen­tury. In a state­ment, the an­tiq­ui­ties min­istry said that “works are un­der way in or­der to re­veal more se­crets”. This work fol­lows pre­vi­ous ex­ca­va­tion at the site, which be­gan in 2015.

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