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Archaeologists uncover burial sites, statue in Egypt’s Aswan

A handout picture provided by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities on Dec. 4, 2017 shows archaeologists unearthing an ancient Egyptian statue, found at the site of a dig in the Colossi of Memnon area across the Nile from Egypt’s southern city of Luxor. The ministry said on December 3 that an Egyptian-European mission discovered 27 fragmented statues of the lion-headed goddess Sekhmet, known as The Lady of War, in an area off the west bank of the Nile from Luxor, which used to be a capital for ancient Egypt.(AFP/HO/Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities)
CAIRO: Egypt’s Antiquities Ministry says archaeologists have uncovered four intact burial sites, part of a cemetery and an incomplete statue in different areas in the southern city of Aswan.
Thursday’s statement by the ministry says the new discoveries span different eras of Egypt’s ancient history.
The burial sites are for children and date back to the 18th dynasty, some 3,500 years ago. They include wooden coffins and funerary furniture.
The ministry also said archaeologists have uncovered part of a cemetery including mud-brick tombs from the First Intermediate Period.
Another mission unearthed a headless statue carved in limestone dating to the Greco-Roman era. The statue’s feet and right hand are missing but preliminary studies show it is dressed like the Greek goddess of virginity, wilderness and hunt, “Artemis.”