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3,500-Year-Old Ancient Egyptian Tombs Unearthed in Aswan

3,500-Year-Old Ancient Egyptian Tombs Unearthed in Aswan

Photograph released by the Ministry of Antiquities
Photograph released by the Ministry of Antiquities

A dozen ancient Egyptian burial sites were unearthed by Swedish archaeologists, announced Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities on Wednesday.

The 12 sites, which date back to the New Kingdom era almost 3,500 years ago, were found at Aswan’s Gabal al-Silsila (Chain of Mountains).

At the burial sites, both human and animal remains were discovered. The remains include multiple complete bodies, indicating a generally healthy population at the time, said the Ministry.

The Ministry of Antiquities added it is believed the site was used when Pharaohs Thutmose III and Amenhotep II ruled over the New Kingdom.

The new burial sites provide archaeologists and scientists with information into the health of inhabitants at Gabal al-Silsila and nearby areas. They also provide insight into daily life at Gabal al-Silsila, said the Ministry of Antiquities.

Despite being unearthed recently, the site was initially discovered earlier. The Swedish archaeologists, from Lund University, commenced the expedition in 2012 and discovered the first signs of the site in early 2015.

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