Evidence of a massive epidemic in ancient Egypt has been been uncovered, according to the Italian Archaeological Mission to Luxor, which found lime-covered bodies at the Funerary Complex of Harwa and Akhimenru site in Thebes. Researchers dated the find to the third century A.D., during a time when the Roman Empire was devastated by a plague. The complex was used "for the disposal of infected corpses," said the mission's director, Francesco Tiradritti.

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