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Egypt: 85 4500-year-old tombs and a temple of Isis exhumed

Already declared as the most important discovery of the year, the excavations that took place in Sohag, on the banks of the Nile, in central Egypt, have revealed a real archaeological treasure.

85 tombs from the Old Kingdom of Egypt

During the research, the archaeologists were first surprised to find graves dating back to the Old Kingdom of Egypt, no less than 4,500 years ago. 85 tombs were found buried in the side of a hill, containing mummies as well as identity certificates of the deceased in Greek or in ancient hieroglyphs. The researchers were able to obtain precise information on the names, ages and professions of the mummies.

A temple dedicated to Isis

The temple in question, which was invisible before the excavations, was 140 metres long and 200 metres wide. A real architectural jewel, the temple was fitted out with a large rectangular hall separated by four columns and is recognisable by its floor covered with local stone slabs. Animal bones have also been discovered, presumed to be food for the temple’s guardian, its priest.

The Sohag site is now being further excavated and should continue to reveal its secrets. The work has only just begun for the archaeologists!

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Published on 13 May 2022