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Grave discovery: Headless crocodiles shock experts

Tomb of ST 30.

(The Gebel el Silsila Project)

A Swedish archaeological team in Egypt has reported the discovery of 12 new graves, and their finds include a range of human remains, many of the sheep, or of goats with puncture marks in the skulls, a cat, and even two headless crocodiles.

Situated on an old quarry site on the banks of the Nile, called Gebel el Silsila, to the excavations underway for the year and the total grave number is now over 45; they have to cope with a rising water level as the feet of the silt of the Nile cover the graves.

John Ward, deputy director of the Gebel el Silsila Project, told FoxNews.com from Egypt that the most of the old bodies they were found probably belonged to the quarry workers of ancient times, and that those who were wounded seem to have received medical care. Authorities seem to be wrapped in a kind of linen. The sheep or goats (it is difficult to distinguish between the skeletons, Ward said) may have been sacrificed, and as for the crocodiles, it is unclear whether she was there on purpose or had just washed.

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The cat even had his own little crypt, in the District explained.

They have also pearls in abundance,” Ward said. Other finds include amulets, necklaces and ceramics.

The recently discovered tombs and crypts are approximately 3,400 new year on a location on the Nile between the cities of Luxor and Aswan in Egypt.

“It’s phenomenal,” Ward said, of their latest discoveries. “It’s every archaeologist’s dream, especially in Egypt, to be the first to discover a tomb.”

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A two-chambered tomb, for example, called ST 30, contained two sandstone sarcophagi and the remains of more than 15 persons.

In addition to the District, the project is led by Maria Nilsson of the Swedish Lund University.

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