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5th-century monks’ complex found in Egypt

An ancient settlement that may have been used by monks has been found in Minya, Egypt.

Gamal El-Semestawi, director-general of Antiquities of Middle Egypt, explains that the rock-hewn tombs are composed of a collection of burial chambers that are 50×70 metres in total.

The residential area is 100×130 metres in size and include the remains of houses, among them the remains of a mud-brick house of a monk.

“This fact suggests that the archaeological site beside Al-Nassara necropolis was a monks’ complex,” El-Semestawi told Ahram Online.

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Story: Nevine El-Aref, Ahram Online | Photo: Cultural Heritage Agency of the/PA

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