The Mummies of Dakhla Oasis
Human Mummy
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Name(s) Mummies of Dakhla Oasis
Age varied
Sex both
Status varied
Height varied
Culture Romano-Egyptian
Site Bir esh-Shaghala, the Dakhla Oasis, Egypt
Current Location
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Thirteen Egyptian tombs dating back about 2,000 years, to the Roman period, were discovered at Bir esh-Shaghala at the Dakhla Oasis in Egypt. Many of the tombs have interesting architectural features such as pyramid shaped roofs and two or three levels. Located in Egypt's western desert, the oasis is about 217 miles (350 kilometers) to the west of Luxor.



An adult and child mummy recovered at Dakhla Oasis site

Coffins, by this time, had also become little more than boxes, but mummification had become more popular.


A mummy from the oasis was included in a study of atherosclerosis in ancient populations.

The mudbrick tomb walls were decorated with colorful murals.

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