Rock-hewn tombs from Ancient Egypt discovered in Aswan

Ali El-Asfar, head of the Ancient Egyptian Antiquities section, explains that the first tomb belongs to a top official in Elephantine named User who was a prince of the island during the New Kingdom. (Photo courtesy Al Ahram)

East Aswan inhabitants have accidentally discovered rock-hewn tombs which exhibit a range of monuments dating from the prehistoric period on Elephantine, an island in the Nile River in northern Nubia.

Artifacts found at the site appear to date as far back as the prehistoric period and also contain remnants from the Greco-Roman era, Al Ahram reported Tuesday.

Minister of Antiquities Mohammad Ibrahim said Monday that early studies of the paintings found within the rock-hewn tombs, or tombs made from a single block of stone, dated back to the New Kingdom era between 16th and 11th century BC.

In Ancient Egypt, Elephantine Island was known as Abu or Yebu and stood at the border between Egypt and Nubia. Today, the modern city of Aswan sits in southern Egypt.

Ali El-Asfar, head of the Ancient Egyptian Antiquities section, explains that the first tomb belongs to a top official in Elephantine named User who was a prince of the island during the New Kingdom.

User’s tomb is well decorated with scenes depicting him in different positions with his family and deities. Among the distinguished wall paintings is a scene featuring the deceased wearing leopard fur along with five priests before an offering table, El-Asfar said.

Head of Aswan monuments Nasr Salama said that the second tomb belongs to Ba-Nefer, supervisor of the gods' priests of Elephantine. His tomb is also engraved with scenes depicting him in different positions with his family and deities.

The third tomb belongs to the holder of the stamps of Upper Egypt and Elephantine ruler Amenhotep, while the fourth one belongs to Elephantine ruler User Wadjat.

Salama told Ahram Online that the tomb of Amenhotep has a distinguished façade decorated with hieroglyphic texts without any scenes. Its inner walls are decorated with scenes depicting the deceased with his wife, the purification priest and the field scribe.

Ibrahim said that these tombs are under restoration in order to open them to tourists.
 

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