Evidence of new unknown tombs found in Aswan

Archaeologists discovered an ancient Egyptian encroachment wall at the Qubbet Al-Hawa site in Aswan. The presence of the structure suggests that new tombs might be located in the direct vicinity.

Newly discovered walls at the site (by International Business Times)

The find was made near the visitors’ pathway in the northern part of the west Aswan cemetery. The wall measures two metres in hight and is a part of the architectural support of the known tombs of the first upper terrace, including those of Harkhuf and Heqaib who were governors of Elephantine Island during the Old Kingdom. According to the researchers the structure served as support for the hillside and thus lower lying tombs that were accessible by a causeway leading to a second terrace. Other, finds include pottery shards embedded within the mortar, which helped to date the structure. These were identified as parts of carinated bowls created in the style typical of the reign period of King Pepi II from the Sixth Dynasty (c. 2278-2184 BC), together with pieces of marl clay jars typical of the First Intermediate Period and the Middle Kingdom. Archaeologists believe it is now only a matter of time until new tombs are uncovered, enhancing the knowledge of the ancient funerary landscape of Qubbet Al-Hawa. Previous, recent finds at the site include the causeway of Sarenput I, first governor of the area at the beginning of the Middle Kingdom.

Overview of the Qubbet Al-Hawa site (by International Business Times)

(after Ahram Online & International Business Times)

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