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Uncovering a number of buildings and burials from the late eras in Assiut Governorate

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Uncovering a number of buildings and burials from the late eras in Assiut Governorate

The Egyptian archaeological mission operating in the Mir archeological area in the city of Al-Qusia, Assiut Governorate, revealed parts of some buildings dating back to the Byzantine era and a number of burials from the late era.

This was stated by Dr. Mostafa Waziri, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, who stressed the importance of this discovery, which indicates the importance of this site during the ancient, middle, and late eras of Ancient Egypt.

He referred to the text of supplications to the first holy fathers that were revealed on one of the walls of those buildings, written in black ink in Eight horizontal lines in Coptic script, surmounted by shelves of mud and chaff that were probably used to place the monk's necessities and to store manuscripts.

For his part, Dr. Adel Okasha, head of the Central Department of Antiquities of Middle Egypt, said that the buildings that were discovered in the upper cemetery of the region are cells consisting of a courtyard and a number of rooms attached to them, storage places, and a fireplace.

As for the burials that were uncovered in the lower cemetery, parts of wooden coffins, skeletons, and some funerary furniture were found in a poor state of preservation, pointing out that one of these burials belonged to a woman whose coffin was found in a poor state. What remains of it is only a mask, two palms, and parts of the chest, in addition to a number of pottery vessels of different shapes and sizes, a set of beads made of blue and black faience, and two copper mirrors.

It should be noted that the Mir cemetery includes a group of rock tombs carved entirely in the mountain dating back to the Old and Middle Kingdom eras of Ancient Egypt.

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