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Roman-era sarcophagus unearthed in Gaza

The necropolis contains more than 60 tombs.

A Palestinian archaeologist works on a 2,000 year-old lead sarcophagus discovered during the excavation of a Roman cemetery in the northern Gaza Strip, July 16, 2023. Photo by Majdi Fathi/TPS.
A Palestinian archaeologist works on a 2,000 year-old lead sarcophagus discovered during the excavation of a Roman cemetery in the northern Gaza Strip, July 16, 2023. Photo by Majdi Fathi/TPS.

An archaeological team excavating an ancient cemetery in Gaza unearthed a 2,000-year-old Roman-era sarcophagus on Sunday.

The sarcophagus is composed of lead and is believed to have been made for a prominent person, according to an official from Gaza’s Hamas-run Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.

It is the second sarcophagus discovered during an excavation of the necropolis, which is located on the northern coast of the Gaza Strip with a view of the Mediterranean Sea. Palestinian and European archaeologists discovered a similar one in February.

The cemetery, which was discovered by construction workers in 2022, contains more than 60 tombs.

The sarcophagus has been taken to the Pasha Palace Museum in Gaza City for closer examination.

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