• Lexi Ponder

Archaeologists discover new ancient tombs in Egypt

On Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, archaeologists reported a “very important” discovery of three ancient tombs in the burial grounds of Egypt. The ancient tombs were found in the Al-Kamin al-Sahrawi area of Minya province, located in Cairo, Egypt.

The three tombs contained a number of different stone coffins, also known as sarcophagi, and clay fragments. Inside one of the tombs, four stone coffins had been sculpted to portray a human face. In a second one, excavators discovered six different burial holes, one of which contained the burial for a small child.

Egypt’s antiquities ministry explained that this discovery suggests that the burial grounds are very ancient.

The BBC reported that “Clay fragments found at the site date the tombs back between the 27th Dynasty, founded in 525BC, and the Greco-Roman era, which lasted between 332BC and the fourth Century.”

Head of the mission and leading archaeologist, Ali al-Bakry mentioned that the human remains contained inside one of the tombs are believed to be the remains of men, women, and children of different ages.

“This shows that ‘these tombs were part of a large cemetery for a large city and not a military garrisons as some suggest,’ he said,” according to NDTV.

The Santa Barbara Independent reported, “al-Kamin al-Sarwhi has been the subject of archaeological exploration since 2015. That year, 20 tombs in a series of ancient catacombs were discovered.”