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During archaeological excavations in Koum El Khiljan, Dakahlia Governorate, the Egyptian archaeological mission, affiliated with the Supreme Council of Antiquities, uncovered a total of 83 tombs, according to the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.
Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Dr Mostafa Waziry explained that 80 of them date back to the first half of the fourth millennium BC, known as the civilisation of Bhutto, or Lower Egypt.
Among the discovered funeral furniture was a group of small, handmade pottery vessels, along with oyster shells, which indicate that the other three tombs also belonged to the third Naqada period, according to Dr Ayman Ashmawy, Head of the Egyptian Antiquities Sector at the Supreme Council of Antiquities.
He also added that it was the first time that pottery coffins, dating back to the third Naqada period, have been discovered in the Dakahlia Governorate. This discovery was revealed inside two coffins of pottery surrounded by funerary furniture of pottery vessels of various shapes.
A few of the artefacts date back to the Hyksos period including ovens, stoves, foundations of mud-brick buildings, along with four mud-brick burials for a small child and three adults, according to the Head of the Mission and Director General of the Dakahlia Antiquities, Mr.Fathi Al Talhawi.
Take a look at the discovered items below – via Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities’ Facebook page: