New ancient tombs discovered at Qubbet el-Hawa in Aswan
Archaeologists from the University of Birmingham have found “compelling evidence” of new pharaonic tombs at Qubbet el-Hawa in Aswan, Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities has revealed.
|The newly discovered wall at Qubbet Al-Hawa suggests additional tombs to be found |
[Credit: Ministry of Antiquities]
It follows an archaeological mission by the University of Birmingham and the Egypt Exploration Society (EES) Qubbet el-Hawa Research Project Group (QHRP), directed by Dr Martin Bommas of the University of Birmingham.
|View of the Qubbet Al-Hawa site [Credit: Ministry of Antiquities]|
Owing to the landscape of Qubbet el-Hawa, the support wall helped to secure the hillside, and thus lower lying tombs, which were accessible by a causeway leading to a second terrace.
Nasr Salama, General Director of Aswan and Nubia Antiquities, describes the discovery as “stunning” telling the Egypt Independent that it is now only a matter of time until new tombs are uncovered within the important cemetery.
|The crushed pieces found buried in the wall include parts of carinated bowls, in a style typical of the reign |
of King Pepi II from the Sixth Dynasty, circa 2278-2184 BCE [Credit: Ministry of Antiquities]
The find was part of the project's successful first field season, which included the recent discovery of the long sought causeway of Sarenput I, thought to have been the first governor of the area at the beginning of the Middle Kingdom.
Source: University of Birmingham [December 22, 2016]