Ministry of Antiquities
Press Office 7-6-2016
Generous discovery in Aswan!
Egypt’s Antiquities Minister, Dr. Mamdouh Eldamaty declared
the discovery of SIX Late Period tombs (26th Dynasty) at the
Aga Khan Mausoleum perimeter, west of Aswan. This magnificent
discovery came within the framework of the excavation works
performed by the Egyptian Mission in Aswan and Nubia.
Eldamaty clarified that a group of stone and wooden sarcophagi
containing the mummies of their owners as well as fiance
statues representing the four sons of Horus, a group of
amulets and small wooden statues of Horus the Falcon were also
Eldamaty further added that this discovery is extremely important
because it is the first Late Period discovery at the Ancient
Cemetery in Aswan. The previously discovered tombs at this area
date back to the Old, Middle and New Kingdoms.
On the other hand, General Director of Aswan and Nubia
Archaeological Area, Nasr Salama said that most of the discovered
tombs begin with a 30 steps stair leading to the tomb’s main
entrance. Each tomb is divided inside into three or four rooms
with no inscriptions. Salama also pointed out that the technique
used in digging the newly discovered tombs is completely different
from the tombs of the same area.
Head of the Egyptian Mission working at the area, Mostafa Khalil
finally added that this discovery will help in recognizing the
architectural style of that period pointing out that the area was
subjected to illegal digging lately and some burials were unearthed
by thieves at the area.
Six photos belonging with the press release: