Roman-era burial site discovered in Gaza City

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Roman-era burial site discovered in Gaza City
Workers were digging out the terrain in order to begin construction on an Egyptian-funded housing project before the ancient ruins were discovered.
By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
Published: FEBRUARY 2, 2022

The ruins of an ancient Roman-era cemetery were discovered by bulldozers in Gaza, Hamas officials revealed on Monday. Workers were working to dig out the terrain in order to begin construction on an Egyptian-funded housing project before the discovery was made. The Palestinian Ministry of Tourism and Archaeology asked for construction work to be stopped, explaining that workers seized objects in what Hamas said was an ancient Roman tomb – though an independent archaeologist suggested it was actually a cemetery based on photos.

Local residents have been looting artifacts from the ancient site, such as casket covers and inscribed bricks, for at least a week before the announcement, according to local media. The discovery of an ancient Roman site in Gaza is not a shock, as the historical city on ancient trade routes between Egypt and the Middle East has been the site of many archeological finds. Many of the archeological treasures have not been protected, however, as population density, violent conflict and other issues make archeological preservation difficult.

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