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Pics: Cemetery dating back to 18th Dynasty unearthed

Thu, Dec. 13, 2018
CAIRO – 13 December 2018: A cemetery dating back to the 18th Dynasty (1550 BC -1292 BC) was unearthed during the excavation works of the Swedish archaeological mission at Gebel el-Silsilain Kom Ombo, Aswan, the Ministry of Antiquities declared on Thursday.

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Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri said that the undecorated tomb is located at a depth of 5 meters, and consists of a burial chamber and two stone blocks.

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He referred that the cemetery was subjected to numerous theft attempts, which filled it with sand and silt; hence, the mission cannot assess the extent of damage that occurred at the site.

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He added that the underground water filling the cemetery caused damage to the interior rooms and artifacts.

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Meanwhile, General Director of Aswan and Nubian Antiquities, Abdel Moneim Saeed, said that despite the damage caused in the cemetery, the mission found three coffins made of limestone; two of them were Children's coffins.

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Also, jars, amulets and skeletal remains were found for nearly 50 adults and children, indicating that a community used to live in that area.
 
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