Egypt unearths Greco-Roman catacomb in Ismailia

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Undated photo provided by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities shows remains discovered in a catacomb unearthed in Ismailia, Egypt. Egyptian archeological mission discovered a multi-storey catacomb dating back to the Greco-Roman era in Ismailia province, the Ministry of Antiquities said in a statement on Thursday. (Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities/Handout via Xinhua)
Undated photo provided by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities shows remains discovered in a catacomb unearthed in Ismailia, Egypt. Egyptian archeological mission discovered a multi-storey catacomb dating back to the Greco-Roman era in Ismailia province, the Ministry of Antiquities said in a statement on Thursday. (Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities/Handout via Xinhua)

Egyptian archaeological mission discovered a multi-stories catacomb dated back to the Greco-Roman era in Ismailia province, the Ministry of Antiquities said in a statement on Thursday.

“The upper part of the catacomb is formed of mass grave built of mud bricks during the Greco-Roman era, while the lower stories were built before the prehistory of Egypt,” said Ayman Ashmawy, head of Ancient Egyptian Antiquities Sector at the Ministry of Antiquities.

He explained the burial process happened in the squatting position.

Several clay utensils were found inside the catacomb, Ashmawy added.

Undated photo provided by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities shows artefacts discovered in a catacomb unearthed in Ismailia, Egypt. Egyptian archeological mission discovered a multi-storey catacomb dating back to the Greco-Roman era in Ismailia province, the Ministry of Antiquities said in a statement on Thursday. (Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities/Handout via Xinhua)

The excavation work has been resumed in the archaeological sites in Ismailia after a halt for 20 years, he said.

The ministry pays much attention to Eastern Delta and Ismailia which are rich of Greco-Roman sites, the statement added.

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