April 12, 2010
Greco-Roman Tombs Discovered In Egypt
The future home of an Egyptian youth center became a hotbed of archaeology as diggers unearthed 14 tombs dating back to the third century BC, including one with a female mummy decorated in jewelry.
The Greco-Roman tombs, located in the Bahariya Oasis 190 miles southwest of Cairo, were discovered during probes that indicated they may be part of a large necropolis, Egypt's Culture Ministry said in statement on Monday.
The archaeologists also found other treasures as well. "Early investigations uncovered four anthropoid masks made of plaster, a gold fragment decorated with engravings of the four sons of Horus, and a collection of coins, and clay and glass vessels," the statement said.
The four sons of Horus -- Imsety, Duamutef, Hapi and Qebehsenuef -- were ancient Egyptian gods. The engravings show that Egyptian religion was carried well into the Greco-Roman era. The gods were believed to protect the stomach, liver, intestines and lungs of mummified bodies.
Bahariya Oasis is home to Egypt's famed Valley of the Golden Mummies, where a collection of 17 tombs with about 254 mummies was discovered in 1996.
The current site has been turned over to Egypt's antiquities authority.