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Mysterious 4,200-year-old tomb discovered in Egypt

CAIRO: A team of archaeologists has discovered an ancient tomb in Egypt, which is believed to be 4,200-year-old

The team of experts that made the discovery belongs to the University of Birmingham.

It is a wall of a 4,200-year-old tomb in Qubbet el-Hawa in Aswan, they said.

A 7ft high ancient wall has been discovered below a visitors’ pathway in the northern part of the West Aswan cemetery.

The discovery is thought to indicate the architectural support for the known tombs of the first upper terrace, including those of Harkhuf and Heqaib, who were governors of Elephantine Island during the Old Kingdom.


Carl Graves, a PhD student who worked on the project, said: “The findings are dramatically altering our understanding of the funerary landscape in this area during the Old Kingdom and First Intermediate Period in 2278-2184BC.


The team will excavate the tomb further in April next year.

“I don’t think anyone yet knows who the tombs might have belonged to,” he added.


Nasr Salama, general director of Aswan and Nubia Antiquities, describes the discovery as “stunning” adding it is now only a matter of time until new tombs are uncovered.



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