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Roman sarcophagi discovered in Egypt's Damietta

A collection of mud brick sarcophagi from the Roman period with the remains of mummies has been unearthed in Damietta

Nevine El-Aref , Sunday 30 Dec 2018
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During excavation work at Tel Al-Deir in Egypt's Damietta, an Egyptian mission has uncovered a collection of cylindrical mud-brick sarcophagi painted in red.

The sarcophagi are dated to the Roman period, and the lids of some of them are decorated with the facial features of the deceased and others are engraved with deep lines and geometrical symbols.

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Mostafa Waziri, the secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, told Ahram Online that the sarcophagi hold the remains of cartonnage made of white limestone to reflect the facial features and body of the deceased after wrapping the corpses with linen.

The mission has also uncovered remains of clay pots and 700 amulets of different shapes and sizes, including amulets in the shapes of the deities Isis, Horus and Tawusert. Five gold rings were also found, including three decorated with grapes and dolphins.

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Nadia Khedre, director of the central department of antiquities in lower Egypt, said that the mission had previously uncovered in the area remains of a 26th dynasty cemetery from the reign of kings Psamtik II and Nefer Ib Re, where a large collection of stone sarcophagi was found along with amulets, scarabs and ushabti figurines with the name of King Psamtik II, which have been transferred to the new Grand Egyptian Museum.

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