Archaeologists discover 10 ancient Pharaonic tombs in Aswan

Ten ancient Pharaonic tombs, dating back at least 2300 years, were discovered on the West bank of the Nile river in Aswan, Egypt.

Gold-gilded mask (by Ahram Online)

The tombs were discovered in an area neighbouring the Agha Khan Mausoleum, the tomb of of Aga Khan III (1877-1957 AD). The structures were cut in rock. Archaeologists state that they can be dated to the Late Period (ca 664-332 BC), and possibly are an extension of Aswan necropolis on the west bank where a collection of tombs belonging to Aswan overseers from the Old, Middle and New Kingdom are found.

Entrance to the tomb (by Ahram Online)

Experts state that the tombs have a similar architectural design, being composed of sliding steps leading to the entrance, followed by a small burial chamber where a collection of stone sarcophagi, mummies and funerary collection of the deceased were found.

Empty stone sarcophagus (by Ahram Online)

Archaeologists want to continue the excavations and start comprehensive studies and restoration work on the interiors and artefacts found within the tombs. The question of who exactly was buried there still remains.

Painted mummy mask (by Ahram Online)

(after Ahram Online, Egypt Independent & Mada Masr)

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