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Discovery of 250 tombs dug in the rock in Sohag in Egypt

Ancient-origins, the archaeology website that combines scientific research and original perspectives, sheds light on the extraordinary discovery of 250 tombs in the rock of a mountain front located in Al-Hamidiyeh cemetery near Sohag.

With this great discovery, the total number could soon exceed 300 tombs in this central city area, located near the ancient cities of Aswan and Abidos

And this revelation is the latest in a series of recent Egyptian archaeological discoveries.  

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It is necessary to put this last find in its context. The use of the funerary complex extends over more than 2000 years of Egyptian history, which therefore goes back to the time of the Old Kingdom, which includes the pharaoh Khufu, owner of the Great Pyramid of Giza.

Among the models of tombs discovered, there is a cemetery dating from the end of the Old Kingdom, composed of an entrance leading to an exhibition hall and a funerary well in the southeast, reused in later periods.

This tomb is also characterized by the presence of an illusion door with remains of hieroglyphic inscriptions of the presence of representations of the owner of the tomb sacrificing animals and of people making offerings for the deceased.

We can’t wait to find out more! 

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Published on 21 May 2021