AncientPages.com - Five ancient Roman tombs with different architectural style have been discovered in Egypt's Dakhla Oasis.
The tombs, unearthed in Beir Al-Shaghala necropolis in the Western Desert are built in mud brick and contain several artifacts, including the remains of a funerary mask depicting a human face.
Some parts of the tombs are still buried in sand, but the excavations continue.
Some of the discovered clay pots. Image credit: Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities
According to the Ancient Egyptian Antiquities Department, one of the tombs was constructed in the shape of a pyramid.
The tomb with pyramid shaped end. Image credit: Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities
One of the five tombs has an entrance leading to a rectangular hall with two burial chambers while another tomb has a vaulted ceiling and its entrance leads to a burial chamber.
Two other tombs share one entrance and each tomb has a separate burial chamber with a vaulted ceiling.
Bei'r Al-Shaghala necropolis. Image credit: Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities
The ancient Roman tombs are in good state and can eventually provide scientist with more historical information.
The funerary mask. Image credit: Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities
One of the discovered ostraca. Image credit: Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities
Artifacts discovered in the tombs include a number of different objects. Scientists found a set of pottery vessels of different shapes and sizes, a clay incense burner, an ancient human funerary mask, two ostraca, one of which contains hieroglyphic text while the second bears text written in Hieratic.
Archaeologists came also across remains of a small sandstone sphinx.