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CAIRO – 24 August 2017: Five new tombs dating back to Roman era were recently discovered by an Egyptian archaeological mission in Beir Al-Shaghala site, located in the west of Mout city, near the Dakhla oasis.
The tombs were built with mud-brick, the head of the Ancient Egyptian Antiquates sector Ayman Ashmawai explained in a statement on Thursday.
The first tomb has an entrance that leads to a hall with two chambers. While the second has a dome-shaped ceiling and its entrance leads to a burial chamber.
A pyramid-shaped tomb is the third section discovered. The lower part of it not discovered yet.
The other two discovered tombs share one entrance and each tomb has a burial chamber with a domed ceiling.
In the same context, the general director of antiquities of Middle Egypt Gamal al-Samastawy stated that a large number of artifacts were found.
A yellow mask shaped as a human face, pottery and remains of a sandstone sphinx were among the objects found.
The mission in Dakhla oasis, led by Magdi Ibrahim, managed to uncover eight well-preserved Roman tombs with a similar architectural design over the period between 2002 and 2007.