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Six Tombs Dating Back to Old Kingdom Discovered in Hawa Dome in Aswan | Egyptian Streets


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Six Tombs Dating Back to Old Kingdom Discovered in Hawa Dome in Aswan

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Photo credit: Ministry of Antiquities

Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities has announced that the English Archaeological Mission led by the University of Birmingham discovered six tombs dating back to the era of the Old Kingdom in Hawa Dome in Aswan.

Mostafa Waziri, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said that the tombs are different in size, ranging from 190cm by 285 cm to 352 cm by 635 cm. Two of the tomb have a carved entrance, and the third one has a closed entrance covered with rocks.

One of the entrances to the burial chamber is carefully enclosed by a brick wall. However, it was looted in ancient times by thieves who broke the back wall.

Photo credit: Ministry of Antiquities

Martin Pumas, project director and director of the Museum of Ancient Cultures at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, said that a fragment of a funerary mask, a small metal amulet showing the god Khnum, and a large quantity of pottery, are still preserved. These things dates back to the late era.

Abdul Moneim Said, Director General of the Aswan Antiquities, said that all the finds discovered were transferred to the Aswan Museum storehouse.

It is the beginning of the year yet so many discoveries have already taken place. Just last week, the Egyptian archaeological mission led by the Ministry of Antiquities discovered two tombs dating back to the Roman period at Ber El-Shaghala in Mout village at Dakhla Oasis located in New Valley governorate.

In late December, an Egyptian archeological mission has discovered sarcophagi dating to the Roman era in Egypt's Damietta. The discovery, which includes the retrieval of red and cylindrical coffins, was made in the site of of Tell El Deir.


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