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Medieval Graffiti Discovered on an Egyptian Cave Wall

It was more religious than rebellious.

Archaeologists in Egypt have recently discovered some religious scrawlings on a cave wall, that date back to the 13th-14th century.

The graffiti was carved into the wall of a cave on Egypt’s Red Sea coast, according to the International Business Times. Of the Arabic proclamations so far identified, some of which have been worn off by erosion and time, are religious statements, translating to things like, “No God except Allah,” and “May God forgive him and his parents and all the Muslims. Amen.” The writing is thought to have been the work of medieval pilgrims.

The Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities is looking into granting the cave protected status so that it can be protected for further study, hopefully giving a window into the lives of the people who made the grafitti.

Graffiti might still be cool, but it certainly isn’t new.