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Greek Tombs Discovered on Egypt’s Mediterranean Coast

Some of the artifacts of the burials found in Egypt.

The joint Egyptian and Dominican archaeological mission of the University of Santo Domingo unearthed 16 burials in the rock-cut tombs near Alexandria from the Greco-Roman era.

The mission is directed by Dr. Kathleen Martinez and focuses its works at the site of Taposiris Magna Temple.

The Taposiris Magna Temple lies west of the city of Alexandria, on Egypt’s Mediterranean coast. According to Luxor Times, the mission unearthed a series of mummies. These mummies were found in a poor state of preservation and date back to the Greco-Roman era of Egypt.

The Most Important Burials That Were Discovered

According to Dr. Kathleen Martinez, among the most important of these important findings are two mummies ”that preserved the remains of scrolls and parts of the cartonnage.”

The first one of these mummified findings was found with remains of ”gilding and bearing gilded decorations showing the god Osiris.”

Osiris is the powerful and famous Egyptian god of fertility, agriculture, the afterlife, the dead, resurrection, life, and vegetation.

The second mummy that was discovered, appears to wear a beautiful crown, which is decorated with horns, and a snake at the forehead that is probably a cobra.

An additional symbol, that of the god Horus, was found on the chest of one of these mummies. The symbol was incorporated in a decoration that represented a wide necklace from which a head of a falcon was hanging.

Dr. Khaled Abo El Hamd, who is the Director-General of The Alexandria Antiquities, told Egyptian reporters that ”during this season the mission discovered a number of archaeological discoveries, the most important of which is a funeral mask for a woman, eight golden flakes representing the leaves of a golden wreath, and eight masks of marble dating back to the Greek and Roman eras.”

The Egyptian official also added that these masks ”show high craftsmanship in Sculpture and depiction of the features of its owners.”

Artifacts Discovered in the Same Area

Over the last decade, the joint Egyptian and Dominican archaeological mission of the University of Santo Domingo has found numerous important archaeological findings. These discoveries have completely changed the perception that archaeologists had of the Temple of Taposiris Magna.

Among the most important discoveries in the area over the last few years were several coins depicting Queen Cleopatra VII. These were found inside the temple walls.

Additionally, parts and pieces of statues and temple grounds that have been found revealed that it was King Ptolemy IV the monarch who actually built this spectacular temple.

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