Dozens of ancient Egyptian skeletons found in rare clay coffins buried 6,000 years ago

A staggering 83 unusual ancient Egyptian graves have been discovered, according to the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities.

The graves surprised archaeologists because instead of the human remains lying in sarcophagi, the deceased have been buried in clay coffins.

The majority of the graves have been dated to the Lower Egypt period, which occurred during the first half of 4,000 BC to 3,000 BC.

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Archaeologists discovered the human remains during excavations in the Dakahlia governorate of northern Egypt.

(Credit: Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities)

(Credit: Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities)

Three other graves dating to around 3200 to 3000 BC were also discovered.

This time period is referred to as Naqada III period.

Experts have labeled the clay coffins as unusual because during the time period humans were commonly laid to rest in mud-brick tombs or wooden coffins.

Those who couldn't afford a traditional burial were put into a shallow hole.

Naqada III culture is extremely old even in terms of Egyptian standards.

It dates to before the start of Egypt's pharaonic monarchy.

The Naqada III graves contained rare artifacts like oyster shells, handmade pottery and two bowls of kohl.

(Credit: Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities)

(Credit: Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities)

Kohl was commonly used by the Egyptians as cosmetic makeup for painting around the eyes.

Other remains include the later remains of mud-brick building foundations and found mud-brick burials.

Experts think there could be even more similar graves to find in the region.

This story originally appeared in The Sun.

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