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    Gaza authorities discover over 60 Roman era graves

    GAZA CITY, GAZA STRIP (AP) – Hamas authorities in Gaza on Sunday announced the discovery of over 60 tombs in an ancient burial site dating back to the Roman era.

    Work crews have been excavating the site since it was discovered last January during preparations for an Egyptian-funded housing project.

    A researcher from the Hamas-run Ministry of Antiquities and Tourism Hiyam al-Bitar, said a total of 63 graves have been identified and that a set of bones and artefacts from one tomb was dated back to the second century.

    She said the ministry is working with a team of French experts to learn more about the site.

    Although the ancient cemetery is now blocked off from the public, construction on the housing project has continued and the site is surrounded by apartment buildings.

    Gaza is known for its rich history stemming from its location on ancient trade routes between Egypt and the Levant.

    A member of a Palestinian excavation team works in a newly discovered Roman era cemetery in the Gaza Strip. PHOTO: AP
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