Friday, June 2, 2017
NEW DISCOVERY AT ASWAN
Ten Late Period tombs have been uncovered near the Aga Khan Mausoleum on the west bank of Aswan during the excavation work carried out by an Egyptian archaeological mission from the Ministry.
Dr. Mahmoud Afifi, the Head of the Ancient Egyptian Antiquities Sector at the Ministry of Antiquities announced.
Nasr Salama, General Director General of Aswan and Nubia Antiquities explains that the newly discovered tombs could be an extension of the West Aswan necropolis, discovered during the last century and houses a number of tombs for Aswan overseers from the Old, Middle and New Kingdoms.
Archaeologist Sayyed Al-Rawi said that the newly discovered tombs have similar architectural design. They consist of staircases carved into the rock leading to the entrance of the tomb and to a simple room where a number of coffins and mummies were found. During the next excavation season, the mission will study what has been discovered inside the tombs and carry out all the necessary conservation work.