Egypt uncovers 2 Roman tombs in Western Desert's oasis

Source: Xinhua| 2019-01-16 04:10:40|Editor: yan
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CAIRO, Jan. 15 (Xinhua) -- Egypt has unearthed two Roman tombs during excavation work in Dakhla Oasis in the Western Desert, the Ministry of Antiquities announced on Tuesday.

An Egyptian mission found the tombs during excavation work at Beer al-Shaghala site in Mut village, Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities under the Ministry of Antiquities, said in a statement.

The walls of the two uncompleted tombs are painted in bright colors with religious scenes, Waziri said.

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

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.

According to the statement, 10 other tombs were recently uncovered in the area.

The tombs, which have two or three levels, have a very distinguished architectural style, with pyramid shaped roofs.

Egypt, one of the most ancient civilizations, has been working hard to preserve its archaeological heritage and discover the secrets of its ancient history, in a bid to revive the country's ailing tourism sector due to the 2011 uprising and terror attacks.