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110 Ancient Burial Sites Uncovered in Dakahlia

The burial sites date back to three different, distinct era in Ancient Egyptian history, with their own unique customs and burial styles.

An archaeological mission in Dakahlia has uncovered 110 burial sites dating back to three different eras of Ancient Egyptian civilization: the Lower Egyptian era which ended in 3150 BC, pre-dynastic Egypt in 3000 BC, and the 15th Dynasty in 1650 BC.

A total of 68 tombs represent the Lower Egyptian civilization. They are oval shaped pits where the dead were buried in a squatting position, lying on their left side with their heads facing west.

Five tombs date back to pre-dynastic Egypt. They were also oval shaped pits, but two were covered with a layer of mud on its sides, its bottom and its roof. Funerary items, such as a number of pots and a decorated bowl of kohl, were found in these tombs.

The final 37 tombs were from the 15th Dynasty, and were distinctly rectangular in shape. The bodies were buried face-up, with the heads still facing west. The bodies of infants and young children were found in clay or mud brick coffins, alongside a number of jars and vessels, and a silver earring.

Beyond the tombs, the mission also discovered remnants of mudbrick structures, ovens, stoves, and a collection of jewellery, semi-precious stones, and amulets, many of which were shaped like scarabs.