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Medieval crypt found in Northern Sudan

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Archaeologists working in northern Sudan have found a 900-year-old crypt containing the mummified remains of 7 individuals.

The inscriptions on the walls of the crypt, inscribed with black ink on a thin layer of whitewash (paint), were written in Greek and Sahidic Coptic. They include excerpts from the gospels of Luke, John, Mark and Matthew, magical names and signs and a prayer given by the Virgin Mary, at the end of which death appears to her “in the form of a rooster.” After Mary dies, according to the text, she ascends to heaven with Jesus.

The inscriptions, written by “Ioannes,” who left a signature on three and possibly four of the walls, likely served as protection for the deceased against evil powers, the researchers said.

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Story: Owen Jarus, LiveScience | Photo: Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology/Archives

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