Days of Palestine

Thursday, February 9

Heavy rain unearths ancient graves in Gaza

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Archaeologists in Gaza believe an ancient burial ground uncovered on Friday due to massive rainfall, which hits the region, including the coastal enclave.

The burial is about 2,000-year-old, dating back to the Roman era, when the territory was part of the far-flung Roman Empire.

However, the archaeologists said further tests are needed to determine the exact age of the nine-hole-burial located in the north of the Gaza Strip. 

Abdul-Karim al-Kafarna, the Palestinian in whose home the burial ground was found, said he found a tomb consisting of nine burial holes with bones and some clay pots.

He said he found it by accident after heavy rains this week unearthed parts of the underground chamber.

Gaza Strip has been occupied for thousands of years by military forces seeking to cross from the northern part of the Middle East to its southern portions.

The Strip also connects the Sinai Peninsula and Egypt with Palestine, through which Syria and Mesopotamia can be reached.

It is precisely for this reason that several important military conflicts were waged in Gaza throughout history, and it has changed hands on numerous occasions.

for instance, Gaza was conquered by Seleucid King Antiochus III the Great in 200 BC. In the latter portion of the first century BC, meanwhile, it was taken over by Hasmonean King Alexander Jannaeus.

Gaza was then overtaken by the Roman Empire, then changed into the hands of the Byzantine Empire and later to the hands of Muslims, when the residents of the region converted to Islam after the Muslim worriers drove the Byzantine invaders out.