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Swedish Expedition uncovers 12 new tombs (New Kingdom) at Gebel el Silsila in Upper Egypt

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posted on Jan, 12 2017 @ 11:55 AM
What's really, REALLY cool about this is that they date to the time of Thutmoses Iii and Amunhotep iii... just after Hatshepsut and just before Akhenaten.

The Swedish excavation mission from Lund University at Gebel
el Silsila in Upper Egypt led by Dr. Maria Nilsson and John
Ward, discovered 12 rock cut tombs from the reign of the New
Kingdom kings Thutmose III and Amenhotep II.

He continued that they also uncovered three crypts cut into
the rock, two niches possibly used for offering, one tomb
containing multiple animal burials, and three individual
infant burials, along with other associated material.

Afifi describes such discovery as "important" because it
continues to change the perception of history in the ancient
quarried landscape of Al-Silsila

Nasr Salama, General Director of Aswan Antiquities said that
the individual tombs excavated this season reveal multiple
burials within the same chamber or crypt, possibly complete
families, and individuals of varying ages and sex. In addition,
the newly discovered child burials present another aspect to
the cemetery, clearly indicating family life at Silsila.

Announcement, information, pictures

(note: families were often buried together in large tombs... every male had their own little "room" in the family tomb. With rare exceptions women were usually buried with their husbands or parents.)

posted on Jan, 12 2017 @ 01:00 PM
a reply to: Byrd

That really is cool. I wonder how many more there out there waiting to be found.

posted on Jan, 12 2017 @ 01:05 PM
À yeah, Scandinavia rule " literally "

posted on Jan, 12 2017 @ 11:01 PM
To cool.
Thanks for the post.

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