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In Photos: Ancient Egyptian Skeletons Unearthed

Unearthing graves

excavating-cemetery

(Image credit: The Amarna Project)

But because so few cemeteries for lower-class Egyptians have been unearthed, it's difficult to say whether these hardscrabble conditions were unique to Amarna or prevalent throughout ancient Egypt.

Tia Ghose

Tia is the assistant managing editor and was previously a senior writer for Live Science. Her work has appeared in Scientific American, Wired.com and other outlets. She holds a master's in bioengineering from the University of Washington, a graduate certificate in science writing from UC Santa Cruz and a bachelor's in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Tia was part of a team at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that published the Empty Cradles series on preterm births, which won multiple awards, including the 2012 Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism.