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Friday, October 21, 2016
New Discovery, Aswan: Two Late Period Tombs Discovered in Aswan
The entrance of one of the tombs
courtesy of AFS
Two Late Period tombs have been uncovered near the Aga Khan mausoleum in
Aswan. Written By/ Nevine El-Aref.
Two rock-hewn tombs from the Late Period (664 BC to 332 BC) have been
revealed near the Aga Khan mausoleum on Aswan's west bank during excavation
works carried out by the mission of Aswan Field School.
Nasr Salama, the director-general of monuments in Aswan and Nubia at the
antiquities ministry, explains that the architecture of both tombs is very
simple and each consists of a rectangular front hall with stairs leading to the
burial shaft where remains of a sarcophagus and mummy are located.
remains of a sarcophagus
courtesy of AFS
According to Salama, the tombs are in a very bad conservation condition
with plain walls without any decorations, paintings or funerary collection.
The owners of the tombs have not yet been identified but more studies
and excavation inside the tombs should yield further information, he added.
Adel Tohamy, the head of the Aswan Field School said that the school
aims to train junior archaeologists and restorers to use state-of-the-art
techniques in excavations, restoration and documentation of monuments, as well
as in archaeological surveying.