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Tuesday, 4 March 2014
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
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No mummies though eh...
that's a shame... I always hope when they find these things, they recover a mummy clutching an ancient book or manuscript that might reveal some new info on their culture...
It never happens but one can hope
i wish i could remember the source that i read that in many years ago but the grey matter is getting a little foggy these days slayer maybe it is the island of the first time [zep temi ] was my thinking years ago
reply to post by 999zxcv
Yes, the Island has a very interesting past. This though is supposedly from a much earlier period. I'm glad to know others are familiar with the location.
reply to post by Trueman
I thought that was a bit odd. I'd like to see the whole pic to be sure.
Some people believe egyptians reached Australia, maybe they did after all.
reply to post by weirdguy
I don't see similarity between the "Slayer's Egyptian Kangaroo" (new coined term...hehe), and any of the birds on your pic.
There were actually marsupials in Egypt
that was interesting