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Ancient Egypt: Cemetery dating back to pre-dynastic era discovered

The Ministry of Antiquities’ mission working in Ismailia’s Hassan Dawood archaeological area revealed a part of a multi-layered cemetery dating back to the Roman, Greek, and pre-dynastic eras.

Head of Egyptian Antiquities Sector Ayman Ashmawy explained that the discovered part is a multi-layered cemetery, whose upper layers consist of mass graves of mud-bricks from the Greek and Roman eras. The lower layers of the cemetery consist of burials from the pre-dynastic era.

For her part, Head of the Central Department of the Nile Delta Antiquities Nadia Khadr stated that the mission was able to find the mass and individual graves made of mud bricks dating back to the Greek and Roman eras, in addition to other graves dating back to the pre-dynastic and early dynastic eras. Distinctive pottery spanning back to the aforementioned eras were also unearthed.

Head of the archaeological mission Rizk Diab added that the mission’s work for this season came after a 20-year hiatus. The last excavations taking place in that region were carried out by Mohammed el-Hanjouri and the mission from the University of Liverpool.

Tel Hassan Dawood is an important archaeological hill in Ismailia. It comprises important archaeological layers ranging from pre-dynastic and early dynastic eras to Greco-Roman eras. The Ministry of Antiquities attaches great importance to further detection and preservation of its archaeological layers.

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