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Sunday, July 2, 2017
News, Esna: Al-Maala Necropolis Site in Upper Egypt is Scientifically Documented
archaeological documentation of Al-Maala necropolis in Upper Egypt was carried
out. Written By/ Nevine El-Aref.
The Al-Maala Necropolis
Antiquities Documentation Centre has completed its project to document Al-Maala
necropolis, which is located in the town of Esna in Luxor governorate.
necropolis is a very important archaeological site because it was the official
cemetery of the rulers of the third nome of Upper Egypt during the Third
Intermediate Period. Hisham
El-Leithy, the director general of the centre, explained that the documentation
work was carried out by an Egyptian mission from the centre.
is the second site in the town of Ensa to be subject to the process; Esna
temple was the first. The
documentation project, he explained, aims to record information about every
inch of every monument in Egypt according to the most up-to-date scientific and
actual documentation methods will consist of computer-data sets, plans and
sections, as well as photographs, drawings and illustrations, recording forms,
logbooks, site notebooks, diaries and dive logs,” El-Leithy said. He
added that GIS systems, 3D reconstructions, applications that support on-site
recording processes, modern measuring techniques and data-processing software
used in geophysical research would also be used.
said that the project to document all the archaeological sites in Egypt was
also stopped in the aftermath of the 25 January Revolution due to budgetary
Decorated Pillars Found Inside One of The Tombs
ministry however resumed the documentation project earlier this year and
started with the Esna Temple and the Tanis site. At Al-Maala, the mission
documented the architecture of the seven tombs that compose the necropolis as
well as their engravings and paintings. All the pillars found there were also
documented and given a special number.
Al-Maala necropolis consists of seven tombs divided into two groups: the
southern and northern groups. The
southern group, El-Leithy said, is composed of three tombs, with the main one belonging
to Ankh-Tify, the ruler of the Nekhen area found between Edfu and Isna towns
during the reign of King Nefer-Ka-Re of the Third Intermediate Period.
tomb is decorated with his biography and different titles, and contains
information about the period. The
other two other tombs have not been identified yet, but one of them is
decorated with scenes showing the process of grain storage as well as the
tomb’s owner in different positions with his family members. The second tomb
has no decorations.
southern group at the necropolis, El-Leithy said, consists of four tombs, the
main one belonging to Prince Sobek Hetep, believed to be the son of ruler
tomb is decorated with scenes of daily life. It is surrounded by three other
undecorated tombs that have not yet been identified.