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Oldest Skeletons in Egypt to Be Displayed at NMEC in Fustat

Two of the oldest skeletons in Egypt, including the oldest known example of a burial in all of Africa, will soon find a home at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Fustat.

The oldest human skeleton in Egypt will soon find a home at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Fustat. The 55,000-year-old remains once belonged to a 10-year-old boy from the Paleolithic Period, and is believed to be an example of Africa’s earliest . It was only previously displayed at the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir for about a month as part of a temporary exhibition.


The National Museum of Egyptian Civilization is also expecting the second oldest skeleton in Egypt. The 35,000-years-old skeleton was discovered in the 1980s in Nazlet Khater. It is believed to have belonged to a 17 to 19-year-old teenage boy who used to work in a quarry, digging gravel to make stone-cutting tools.