Three early churches and their adjacent living quarters, some scrawled with ancient biblical graffiti, have been found in Egypt. The new discovery is shedding light on the life monks led within ancient Egypt’s Coptic Church, according to the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.

A Norwegian-French archaeological team found the fourth- to seventh-century A.D. buildings, which are made from mud brick, basalt stone and carved bedrock, in Bahariya Oasis, about 230 miles (370 kilometers) southwest of Cairo in the Western Desert of Egypt.