Archaeologists Uncover Greek Goddess Artemis’ Statue in Egypt

Egyptian excavation workers restore pottery near a new found in a tomb in Draa Abul Naga necropolis on Luxor's West Bank known as "KAMPP 161" during an announcement for the Egyptian Ministry of antiquities about new discoveries in Luxor, Egypt, Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Hamada Elrasam)

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s Antiquities Ministry says archaeologists have uncovered four intact burial sites, part of a cemetery and an incomplete statue in different areas in the southern city of Aswan.

The burial sites are for children and date back to the 18th dynasty, some 3,500 years ago. They include wooden coffins and funerary furniture.

Another mission unearthed a headless statue carved in limestone dating to the Greco-Roman era. The statue’s feet and right hand are missing but preliminary studies show it is dressed like the Greek goddess of virginity, wilderness and hunt, “Artemis.”

The ministry also said archaeologists have uncovered part of a cemetery including mud-brick tombs from the First Intermediate Period.

Thursday’s statement by the ministry says the new discoveries span different eras of Egypt’s ancient history.