Egypt announces new archaeological discovery in Bahariya Oasis

Egyptian Tourism and Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anany (C) and Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) Mostafa Waziri (R) look at a 2,500-year-old coffin discovered in Giza, Egypt, on Sept. 6, 2020. Egypt announced on Sunday the discovery of a collection of more than 13 intact sealed coffins dating back to 2,500 years ago. (Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities/Handout via Xinhua)

Egyptian Tourism and Antiquities Ministry on Saturday announced the discovery of a number of ancient churches and rooms in the Bahariya Oasis, southwest of Cairo.

FILE PHOTO: Egyptian Tourism and Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anany (C) and Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) Mostafa Waziri (R) look at a 2,500-year-old coffin discovered in Giza, Egypt. (Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities/Handout via Xinhua)

In a statement, the ministry said a Norwegian-French archaeological mission working at the Tal site in the Bahariya Oasis discovered a number of buildings constructed of basalt stone and carved into the rocks, as well as other buildings constructed of mud bricks.

The buildings made of mud bricks date back from the 4th to the 7th century AD, the statement said, adding that the remains are parts of three churches and rooms for monks.

This discovery is important as it led the mission to know the planning of buildings as well as understanding the formation of the early monastic congregations in this region, according to the statement.

The North African country has witnessed several large-scale archeological discoveries in recent years in different parts of the country, including Pharaonic tombs, statues, coffins and mummies.