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Egypt archaeologists unearth 110 ancient tombs in Nile Delta

Egypt archaeologists unearth 110 ancient tombs in Nile Delta

This photo provided by the Egyptian Tourism and Antiquities Ministry on Apr 27, 2021, shows ancient burial tombs unearthed recently, some with human remains, in the Koum el-Khulgan archaeological site, in the Nile Delta province of Dakahlia, around 150 kilometres (93 miles) northeast of Cairo, Egypt. (Photo: Egyptian Tourism and Antiquities Ministry via AP)

CAIRO: Egyptian archaeologists unearthed 110 burial tombs at an ancient site in a Nile Delta province, the Tourism and Antiquities Ministry said on Tuesday (Apr 27).

The graves, some of which have human remains inside, were found at the Koum el-Khulgan archaeological site in Dakahlia province, around 150 kilometres northeast of Cairo, the ministry said.

This photo provided by the Egyptian Tourism and Antiquities Ministry on Apr 27, 2021, shows an ancient burial tomb unearthed recently with human remains, in the Koum el-Khulgan archeological site, in the Nile Delta province of Dakahlia, around 150 kilometres northeast of Cairo, Egypt. (Photo: Egyptian Tourism and Antiquities Ministry via AP) Egypt Antiquities

They include 68 oval-shaped tombs dating back to the Predynastic Period that spanned from 6000-3150 BC, the ministry said.

There are also 37 rectangular-shaped tombs from an ancient era known as the Second Intermediate Period (1782-1570 BC), when the Semitic people of Hyksos ruled ancient Egypt, the ministry added.

This photo provided by the Egyptian Tourism and Antiquities Ministry on Apr 27, 2021, shows an ancient burial tomb unearthed recently with human remains and and pottery, in the Koum el-Khulgan archaeological site, in the Nile Delta province of Dakahlia, around 150 kilometres northeast of Cairo, Egypt. (Photo: Egyptian Tourism and Antiquities Ministry via AP) Egypt Antiquities

The remaining five oval-shaped tombs date back to the Naqada III period that spanned from around 3200 BC to 3000 BC.

Archaeologists also found human remains of adults and children and funerary equipment and pottery objects in these tombs, the ministry said.

This photo provided by the Egyptian Tourism and Antiquities Ministry on Apr 27, 2021, shows an ancient burial tomb unearthed recently with human remains, in the Koum el-Khulgan archeological site, in the Nile Delta province of Dakahlia, around 150 kilometers northeast of Cairo, Egypt. (Photo: Egyptian Tourism and Antiquities Ministry via AP) Egypt Antiquities​​​​​​​

The discovery is the latest in a series of archaeological discoveries in recent years for which Egypt has sought publicity in the hopes of reviving its tourism sector. Tourism has been badly hurt by the turmoil following a 2011 uprising and now the coronavirus pandemic.

Source: AP

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