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Archaeologists discover a child digging on the old site in Egypt

One of the child graves discovered at Gebel el Silsila, called “ST63” by archaeologists (Copyright: Gebel el Silsila Project)

Archaeologists have discovered the graves of four children, on an ancient site in Egypt.

A Polish-Egyptian team working on the Gebel el Silsila site discovered child four graves dating back to the Thutmosid period of more than 3,000 years ago. The discoveries that were recently announced were made earlier this year.

In a Facebook post, Dr. Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the egyptian supreme Council of Antiquities explained that the remains of a child between the ages of two and three years old was found in a rock hewn tomb on the site. The mummy, he explained, still on his linen packaging and is surrounded by “some of the organic material” from the remains of a wooden coffin.

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The remains of a child between six and nine years old were also found in a wooden box, while another tomb contained the remains of a child between the ages of five and eight. Both children were buried with “funerary furniture”, says Waziri, including amulets and a set of pottery.

A bronze bracelet discovered at ‘ST63,” one of the underlying tombs in Gebel el Silsila (Copyright: Gebel el Silsila Project)

The archaeologists will research more on the funerals, Waziri wrote.

“The fourth funeral is for a child between the ages of five and eight years also, and it is not clear exactly the cause of his death,” he added.

Archaeologists are especially intrigued by the graves with funerary items, known as ST63 and ST64. “The child burials ST63-64 are the first of their kind found in Gebel el Silsila, in the fact that both were preserved with complete funeral goods,” said Dr. Maria Nilsson and John Ward, director and deputy director, respectively, of the Gebel el Silsila project. “It allows an insight into both the material culture and the burial customs and religious beliefs, but even more so, provides us with the socio-political information, and the social status of people buried.”

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Burial goods discovered at one of the child graves in Gebel el Silsila (Copyright: Gebel el Silsila Project)

Nilson and Ward, who both work in the Department of Archaeology and Ancient History at the University of Lund in Sweden, said that the graves let archaeologists study completely preserved graves. Although this can provide insight into the general health of the people who are buried, it can also shed light on other aspects of their life. In Gebel el Silsila, there is “a strong indication for the presence and activity of entire families on the site, the support of the team the previous hypothesis of a well-functioning society on the land in contrast with only quarry operations,” says Nilsson, and District.

The discovery also brings archaeologists closer to finding the ancient village of Kheny, as the Gebel el Silsila was known in ancient times.

Ever since they started with the excavation of the site in 2015, the Swedish-led team found a total of 69 tombs at Gebel el Silsila, almost 30 of which have been excavated. With the exception of two baby graves of an earlier excavation, and the four graves found this year, archaeologists found that the excavated tombs were looted in ancient times.

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One of the child graves discovered at Gebel el Silsila, called “ST63” by archaeologists (Copyright: Gebel el Silsila Project)

Live Science reports that the Thutmosid period ran from the beginning of Pharaoh Thutmose II’s reign in about 1493 B. C. to the end of Amenhotep II’s reign in about 1401 B. C.

The findings are just the latest fascinating archaeological discoveries in Egypt, including the recent discovery of a treasure of black granite statues of the lioness goddess Sekhmet.

Last month, archaeologists also announced the discovery of three Roman-era shipwrecks and beautiful ancient artifacts in the Mediterranean sea, on the seabed off the coast of Alexandria.

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A rock-hewn child of the grave, Gebel el Silsila, called “ST59” by archaeologists (Copyright: Gebel el Silsila Project)

Experts also recently unearthed from an old gymnasium, which dates from the third century B. C. A team of German and Egyptian archaeologists made the discovery on Watfa in Fayoum province, about 50 km southwest of Cairo.

Earlier this month, scientists announced that they had discovered a mysterious room in Egypt the Great Pyramid of Giza.

In September, archaeologists announced the discovery of an ancient temple belonging to King Ramses II. In August, experts found that they had excavated three tombs of an old “large cemetery” in Egypt the Nile Valley. A month earlier, archaeologists said that a tomb that may have belonged to the wife of King Tutankhamen was discovered in Egypt, the Valley of the Kings.

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In June, archaeologists from Yale and the Royal Museum for Art and History in Belgium announced the discovery of the earliest known ‘billboard-size’ hieroglyphs in the old town of Elkab.

Other finds include a 3,000-year-old royal tomb in the Luxor and the tomb of an ancient gold worker on Sai Island in northern Sudan.

Egypt recently re-opened an old library of historic manuscripts on the St. Catherine’s monastery in the Sinai. The library was closed as part of a three-year renovation project, according to reports in the media.

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