14 tombs discovered in Bahariya oasis

14 Graeco-Roman tombs have been found near el-Bawiti in Bahariya Oasis (Western Desert).  The rock cut tombs were found on the construction site of a a youth center.  The discovery was announced on 12th April 2010.

The mummy of a girl or young woman was found.  She measured  97 centimeters in length and was found wearing jewelry which had been covered with painted gypsum, showing her in Roman costume.

As well as the mummies a number of notable objects were discovered including four gypsum face masks, a gold fragment decorated with the four sons of the god Horus, coins, and clay and glass objects.

Authorities believe that the 14 tombs may be indicative of a larger necropolis in the immediate vicinity.

Read more on the Discovery News website (by Rossella Lorenzi).

The Monsters and Critics website has a 5-photograph slideshow, with captions.

Reuters have posted video coverage of the recent discoveries, featuring interviews with key personnel.

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