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Posted: Sunday, January 21, 2018 07:29 PM

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FAITH: Children's Graves Found On Ancient Site In Egypt

Archaeologists have uncovered the graves of four children at an ancient site in Egypt.

A Swedish-Egyptian team working at the Gebel el Silsila site uncovered four child burials dating back to the Thutmosid period more than 3,000 years ago. The discoveries, which were announced recently, were made earlier this year.

In a Facebook post, Dr. Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities explained that the remains of a child aged between two and three years old was found in a rock-hewn grave at the site. The mummy, he explained, still retains its linen wrapping and is surrounded by “some organic material” from the remains of a wooden coffin.

The remains of a child aged between six and nine years old were also found inside a wooden coffin, while another grave contained the remains of a child aged between five and eight. Both children were buried with “funerary furniture,” according to Waziri, including amulets and a set of pottery.