Roman tombs discovered in Egypt’s Dakhla Oasis


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Two Roman tombs have been uncovered during excavation work at Beer El-Shaghala site in Mut village in Dakhla Oasis.

Roman tombs discovered in Egypt's Dakhla Oasis
Credit: Egypt. Ministry of Antiquities

The walls of the two uncompleted tombs are painted in bright colours with religious scenes.

Mostafa Waziri, the secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, explains that the first tomb has a 20-step staircase covered with plaster, which leads to a native made of limestone.

Roman tombs discovered in Egypt's Dakhla Oasis
Credit: Egypt. Ministry of Antiquities

The main hall of the tomb is made of mud brick with a vaulted ceiling that is partly destroyed. Its northern wall has two burial chambers containing a collection of human skulls and skeletons as well as clay lamps and pots.

Aymen Ashmawi, the head of the Ancient Egyptian Antiquities Department, said that the second tomb has a funerary corridor that leads to a vaulted chamber on its northern wall, which holds a niche engraved with a painted scene depicting the mummification process.

Roman tombs discovered in Egypt's Dakhla Oasis
Credit: Egypt. Ministry of Antiquities

Ashmawy added that 10 other tombs were recently uncovered in the area. They have a very distinguished architectural style, with pyramid shaped roofs and each tomb consisting of two or three levels.

Author: Nevine El-Aref | Source: Ahram Online [January 15, 2019]



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