| El-Kamin El-Sahrawi Child |
|Date(s)||525 - 404 B.C.|
In August 2017 three rock-cut tombs in northeast Egypt, each more than 2,000 years old were unearthed. 125 miles south of Cairo, in an area called El-Kamin El-Sahrawi near the city of Samalut.
The tombs span the 27th Dynasty (525 - 404 B.C.), when Egypt first became a province of the Persian Achaemenid Empire, as well as the period of Greco-Roman Ptolemaic rule that began nearly a century later. The three newly discovered tombs, however, are reportedly different. Two of the three tombs consist of burial chambers branching off a perpendicular burial shaft, with fifteen burial holes between them—including a small hole carved out for the body of a child, the tomb is the first evidence of a child burial at El-Kamin El-Sahrawi.