The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities announced yesterday that a number of mud brick buildings dating back to the fourth and seventh centuries AD had been discovered by a Norweigan-French mission working in Bahariya Oasis. Dr Osama Talaat, head of the Islamic, Coptic and Jewish antiquities centre of the Supreme Council of Antiquities explained that Coptic inscriptions can be found engraved into the walls. Ghica also reported the discovery of ostraca, pottery shavings bearing Greek inscriptions, dating back to the fifth and sixth centuries AD. Olivia is currently studying in Cairo as part of her undergraduate degree in Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Cambridge. She has worked on a number of student-run publications, such as Varsity and The Cambridge Language Collective, and is passionate about exploring Egyptian culture, history and society through journalism. Share this on WhatsApp.
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A Norwegian-French archaeological mission working in Qasr Al-Agouz, Bahariya Oasis have discovered several ancient Coptic ruins made out of basalt and mud brick. The head of the Islamic, Coptic and Jewish Antiquities Sector at the Supreme Council of Antiquities Osama Talaat said that these buildings date back to around the fourth and seventh centuries AD, and include the remains of three churches with walls adorned in Coptic inscriptions. Mission head Victor Ghica said that further work uncovered 19 rooms carved into rock and a still structurally intact church. Two oblong rooms found within had walls covered in writings from the Bible in Greek, providing a glimpse of monastic life since the fifth century AD. In addition, several pieces of ostraca were discovered — pottery shavings bearing Greek writings dating back to the fifth and sixth century AD.