Archaeologists discover two rare lead sarcophagi – Mystery Science

An archaeological team has discovered two lead sarcophagi in a 2,000-year-old Roman necropolis in Gaza, Palestine.

The sarcophagi would have been made for personalities, according to Indian Jamal Abduraida, Director General of Antiquities of the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.

One of the sarcophagi discovered. Credit: AFP.

one of the sarcophagi it is decorated with an ornament in the shape of bunches of grapes and the other with images of dolphinsthe necropolis is therefore believed to include the remains of high Roman officials.

“It’s unprecedented,” Abu Reida said.

Old major trade route

At the 4,000 square meter site, located on Gaza’s northern coast and 500 meters (0.3 miles) from the sea, archaeologists have unearthed at least 125 graves as well as various antiquities including ceramic pots and glass containers, from the Roman, Byzantine and Canaanite periods.

The area is rich in antiquities as it was part of an important place of trade for many civilizations, ancient Egyptians and Philistines described in the BibleUntil the Roman Empire and the Crusades. This makes these finds of great importance to archaeologists and historians, who will continue to work in Gaza in the months to come.

Excavations at the site are being carried out in cooperation with the French humanitarian organization Première Urgence Internationale and funded by the British Council.

Excavation site where the sarcophagi were found. Credit: AFP

Although Gaza is a site of frequent aerial bombardment and land, air and sea blockade; the sarcophagus was found intact and was transported to the Pasha Palace Museum in Gaza for further examination, the results of which will be released in the coming weeks.

References: CNN / History / Infobae.

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