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Ancient Church Uncovered at Bahariya Oasis

A church from the 5th century has been uncovered beneath the sands of the Bahariya Oasis, just south of Qasr al-Aguz.

A French-Norwegian archaeological mission at the Bahariya Oasis, just south of Qasr al-Aguz, has uncovered a lost settlement made of mud bricks and basalt hidden beneath the sand. The structures date back somewhere between the 4th and 7th century AD, and include the remains of a church with Greek letters preserved on its walls. The archaeologists identified nine rooms in the church, including a dining area, a foyer, and residential rooms that contain broken pieces of pottery with more Greek writing on them. Monks settled in the region in the 5th century AD, and the archaeologists believe that examining buildings like these will help them understand how monastic congregations have formed across Egypt.