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400 Muslim Graves in Old Spain's Andalusia Unearthed

Sun 22 Nov 2020 | 07:30 PM
Rana Atef

Workers helped in unearthing 400 Muslim graves in Zaragoza, Spain two days ago according to CNN.

The graves date back to the 18th century and they contain more than 4500 bodies.

Archaeologists are still studying the graves and examining the 20.000-meter archaeological site.

"The graves were discovered in an 8th-century burial ground in the town of Tauste, near Zaragoza in Aragon," Eva Gimenez, an archaeologist currently excavating the site, described to CNN.

Muslim Body

Many records asserted that Muslims didn't invade Zaragoza. Other records reclaimed that the Muslim invasion of Zaragoza was so limited according to the Ancient-Origins website.

"In the same context, Muslim occupation of Tauste had been considered "incidental and even non-existent" by traditional and written sources, researchers from the University of the Basque Country have said -- but the region's cultural association had long suspected the area had been home to a large Islamic settlement because of architectural clues and human remains found in the town," Miriam Pina Pardos, director of the Anthropological Observatory of the Islamic Necropolis of Tauste explained to CNN.

Muslim Body

The architectural nature of the graves was the main characteristic of their Muslim identity, in addition to the way the burial process was done.

Last year, the Spanish archaeologists revealed a huge discovery of unearthing a huge Muslim cemetery in the same town, and a number of bodies were studied and examined scientifically.

Muslim Tombs Unearthed