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Construction workers found a 2,000-year-old Roman cemetery in Gaza

So far, there are 20 Roman tombs near the northern coastline of Gaza, and the team plans to excavate a total of 80 tombs in a 50-square-meter cemetery.

The area is closed to journalists and the general public while the site is organized and safe for visitors. (Reuters)

Near the northern coastline of Gaza, a 2,000-year-old Roman cemetery with at least 20 ornately decorated tombs was discovered.

The ancient ministry on Thursday called it the most important local discovery of the last decade.

Gaza is rich in ancient ruins that were important trading grounds for many civilizations, from the ancient Egyptians and the Philistines depicted in the Bible to the Roman Empire and the Crusades.

The ruins found there include the ruins of the siege by Alexander the Great and the invasion of Mongolia.

So far, there are 20 Roman tombs, and the team plans to excavate a total of 80 tombs in a 50-square-meter cemetery. Only two tombs were opened, one containing skeletal remains and several clay vases.

Due to the shape of the tombs and the relatively ornate decoration, they probably belonged to the “advanced” of the Roman Empire in the 1st century, said Jamal Abu Lida, Secretary of Tourism and Ancient Ministry of Gaza.

Unlike the late Muslim tombs, which face north to south, Roman tombs are from east to west, he said.

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“We have made some discoveries in the past, which are the most important archaeological discoveries in the last decade,” said Abu Lida.

According to the ministry, the area is closed to journalists and the general public, and the site is organized and safe for visitors.

Supervised by a team of French experts, the site was discovered by construction workers working on a housing project funded by Egypt. When they came across some of the large ancient bricks in the graveyard, they quit their jobs and called on archaeologists.

Gaza is run by Hamas, a Palestinian Islamic group that has fought four wars with Israel since 2008.

Conflicts have crippled the local economy, and authorities usually involve international groups to help discover and preserve archaeological discoveries, Abu Lida said.

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Source: Reuters

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