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Roman-era sarcophagus uncovered in Gaza

Sarcophagus is second to have been found in Gaza this year

Mohammed Majed  | 16.07.2023 - Update : 16.07.2023
Roman-era sarcophagus uncovered in Gaza

GAZA CITY, Palestine

A Roman-era lead sarcophagus was uncovered in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, the second such discovery this year.

"A second lead sarcophagus was found during excavation works in a cemetery north of Gaza,” Jamal Abu Raida of the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities in Gaza told Anadolu.

"The sarcophagus belongs to dignitaries in the Roman era,” he added.

In February, Palestinian authorities uncovered a lead coffin in the same cemetery that was discovered north of Gaza last year.

“The sarcophagus will be transferred to the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities to conduct studies and research with the assistance of French and other international experts and archaeologists,” Abu Raida said.

Palestinian authorities estimate that around 125 Roman-era cemeteries have been discovered in Gaza.

Gaza was one of the ancient cities of the world. It was ruled by the Pharaohs, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, and Muslims.

*Writing by Ikram Kouachi

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