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.
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.