CAIRO - 17 May 2020: The Egyptian-Spanish archaeological mission affiliated to the University of Barcelona working in Bahnasa region has uncovered a unique cemetery dating back to the Sawi era.
Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri said the cemetery is unique, and that this style of cemeteries has not been discovered before in Bahnasa.
The cemetery consists of one room built of polished limestone. Its walls have a curvature from the top at the beginning of the roof, which makes it flat and not vaulted, as is customary in the rest of the previously discovered tombs in the area. Waziri further pointed out that no funerary furniture had been found in it.
For his part, head of the mission Esther Ponce added that the excavations showed eight Roman-era tombs with a domed and unmarked roof. Inside the tombs, many Roman tombstones, bronze coins, small crosses, and clay seals were found.