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Ancient Tombs Unearthed Near Aga Khan Mausoleum in Aswan

A series of Greco-Roman era family tombs have been discovered west of Aswan.

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Ancient Tombs Unearthed Near Aga Khan Mausoleum in Aswan

A joint Egyptian-Italian archaeological mission, operating near the Aga Khan mausoleum west of Aswan, has uncovered a series of family tombs dating back to the Greco-Roman period.

The discovery is significant for adding new historical insights to the Aga Khan region. Some of the tombs still contain mummified remains and funerary artifacts, shedding light on ancient burial practices and prevalent diseases of the time. The mission has identified approximately 33 tombs from various historical eras, featuring distinctive architectural elements such as vaulted entrances and rock-cut interiors.

Findings include mummies of an adult, possibly female, and a child, possibly aged one or two, found together in a stone coffin. Further studies are planned to ascertain their relationship and gather more insights into their lives.

Preliminary findings indicate varying causes of death among the discovered mummies, ranging from infectious diseases to bone disorders, offering a glimpse into health and lifestyle in ancient Aswan. The mission continues to explore the site, aiming to uncover further archaeological treasures and deepen our understanding of this historically rich area.