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English Mission Discovers Six Tombs in Aswan
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Sherif Khairy

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Aswan is one of the most beautiful cities in Egypt, it has all you need for a relaxing trip, from great food to stunning natural sights, and captivating historical grounds. But their rich Pharaonic culture is about to get richer.

The Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities has just announced the discovery of six new tombs from the Old Kingdom in Aswan. The statement reads “an English excavation mission associated with the University of Birmingham has discovered six significant tombs dating back to the Old Kingdom in the Qubbet El-Hawa project in Aswan.”

Dr Mostafa Waziri, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, has announced that the six tombs differ in size and content. Additionally, these tombs have been robbed in ancient times by thieves who were able to break through the back walls of the tombs.

The sizes of the tombs vary between 190×285 cm, to 352×635 cm. Two of which have an entrance carved in stone, while one has a complete and intact entrance which is closed off by rocks, in addition to an entrance to the burial room which is carefully shut off by a wall of mudbrick.

Martin Bommas, Project Director of Qubbet El-Hawa Research Project, has stated that the mission found parts of a funeral mask inside one of the tombs, in addition to a metal relic in the shape of Khnum, considered the god of the source of the Nile in ancient Egypt. The mission also found a large number of pots, some of which still hold its original contents dating back to ancient times.