Archaeologists find Rome-era tombs in Egypt's Western Desert This undated handout photo from the Egyptian Antiquities Authority, shows colorful funeral paintings in an ancient tomb dating back to the Roman period, at the Dakhla Oasis in the Western Desert, Egypt. (Egyptian Antiquities Authority via AP)
Archaeologists find Rome-era tombs in Egypt's Western Desert

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Egypt says archaeologists have uncovered two ancient tombs dating back to the Roman period in the country's Western Desert.

The Antiquities Ministry said the excavations took place in the Beir Al-Shaghala archaeological site in the Dakhla Oasis.

Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, says the tombs were built in mud-brick with different architectural styles.

He says archaeologists uncovered ancient human remains and pottery fragments inside the tombs, and also found colorful funeral paintings on the walls of both tombs.

In recent years, Egypt has heavily promoted new archaeological finds to international media and diplomats in the hope of attracting more visitors to the country. The vital tourism sector has suffered from the years of political turmoil since the 2011 uprising.

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  • WillC-pla
    2/12/2019 - 02:54 p.m.

    This article discusses the discovery of Rome-era tombs in Egypt's Beir Al-Shaghala archeological site in the West Desert. Mostafa Waziri, Egypt's Minister of Antiquities, says that "the tombs were built in mud-brick with different architectural styles" which may be indicative of the different time period. Egypt seems to be promoting their archeologic finds in order to increase their tourism sector, as apparently many individuals are turned off by the revolution which ended the reign of Hosni Mubarak.
    Civic engagement is defined as any individual or group activity addressing issues of public concern. While there isn't much public concern regarding the new Egyptian tombs, there is a distinct concern regarding the new government. The reign of Hosni Mubarak is percieved as a distinctly negative time in Egyptian history, and an increase in tourism may be able to help their struggling government.

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