Egypt Tomb Find May Shed Light on Ancient Diseases, Says Ministry

This handout picture released by the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities on June 24, 2024 shows the top fragment of a sarcophagus discovered at the site of a discovery of 33 ancient tombs in Egypt's southern city of Aswan. (Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities / AFP)
This handout picture released by the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities on June 24, 2024 shows the top fragment of a sarcophagus discovered at the site of a discovery of 33 ancient tombs in Egypt's southern city of Aswan. (Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities / AFP)
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Egypt Tomb Find May Shed Light on Ancient Diseases, Says Ministry

This handout picture released by the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities on June 24, 2024 shows the top fragment of a sarcophagus discovered at the site of a discovery of 33 ancient tombs in Egypt's southern city of Aswan. (Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities / AFP)
This handout picture released by the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities on June 24, 2024 shows the top fragment of a sarcophagus discovered at the site of a discovery of 33 ancient tombs in Egypt's southern city of Aswan. (Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities / AFP)

A new discovery of 33 ancient tombs in Egypt's southern city of Aswan could reveal "new information on diseases" prevalent at the time, the tourism and antiquities ministry said Monday.

The tombs date back to the Ancient Egyptian Late Period and the Greco-Roman Periods, which collectively lasted from the seventh century BC until around the fourth century AD.

The burials were found by a joint Egyptian-Italian archaeological mission.

Ayman Ashmawy, who heads the Supreme Council of Antiquities' Egyptian Antiquities Division, said studies of the mummies "indicate that 30 to 40 percent of those buried died in their youth, as newborns or as adolescents".

Patrizia Piacentini, professor of Egyptology and archaeology at the University of Milan, headed the Italian side of the mission.

She said preliminary studies on the remains showed that "some suffered from infectious diseases, while others had bone disorders".

The remains of several adult women showed signs of pelvic bone trauma.

Other mummies indicated "anemia, malnutrition, chest diseases, tuberculosis and signs of osteoporosis", Piacentini said in a ministry statement.

Since 2018, the mission has been excavating the area around the Aga Khan mausoleum where Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah is buried, on the west bank of the Nile River just across from Aswan city center.

Among the remains found were "an adult, perhaps a woman, and a child who may have died at the age of one or two", said Abdelmoneim Said, General Director of Aswan and Nubia Antiquities.

"The two bodies were still attached to each other inside a stone coffin," he added.



AlUla Province Kicks off the Summer Fruit Season

The Summer Fruit Season kicked off on Thursday in AlUla Province. (SPA)
The Summer Fruit Season kicked off on Thursday in AlUla Province. (SPA)
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AlUla Province Kicks off the Summer Fruit Season

The Summer Fruit Season kicked off on Thursday in AlUla Province. (SPA)
The Summer Fruit Season kicked off on Thursday in AlUla Province. (SPA)

The Summer Fruit Season kicked off on Thursday in AlUla Province, offering a variety of the finest local produce at the farmers' market in Al-Manshiyah Square, and will continue until July 24, the Saudi Press Agency said.
Organized by the Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU), the Summer Fruit Season is a marketing tool for agricultural products. It raises awareness among farmers of the importance of durable agricultural practices that positively impact product quality and production abundance, added SPA.
AlUla is famous for producing the finest mangoes, grapes, figs, and dates, in addition to Arabic frankincense, one of the traditional plants highly valued for its medicinal and cosmetic uses.
On its first day, the farmers' market in Al-Manshiyah Square witnessed an increasing number of visitors from different nationalities, who came to participate in its events and buy from its various exhibits and products.