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NEWS: New discoveries at Tell el-Farkha

“Minister of Antiquities, Dr. Mamdouh Eldamaty declared the discovery of four new tombs at Tell el-Farkha site – Dakahleyya Governorate. The discovery was made during the excavations works performed by the Polish Mission headed by Marek Chlodnicki.
Eldamaty elaborated that four graves were discovered during the campaign. Three of them were very poorly preserved child burials with heads on North. The richest grave discovered in this year is dated to Naqada IIIC2-IIID. It was small mastaba with two chambers, and the deceased was equipped with 42 pottery vessels – mainly beer-jars and covering them bowls, 26 stone vessels of different shapes (cylinder, globular, plates); 180 small carnelian beads. Pottery vessels were in the southern chamber, the rest of the equipment together with body in the northern one.

Dr. Mahmoud Afifi, head of the Ancient Egyptian Sector added that the most important discovery are remains of a brewery with rests of two vats and surrounding them multiple clay, burned fire-dogs.

Marek Chlodnicki, head of the Mission finally added that on the Eastern Kom the excavations were carried out at the area to the North and East of the big mastaba. Work was continued in the same trench as in previous season Research on the Central Kom was concentrated around remains of two huge buildings explored since 2012. First of them is a rectangular building, with very thick walls and a row of rooms located on the eastern side of a wide courtyard, raised in Naqada IIIA1 times. The second is a rounded structure, located on the north-eastern slope of the kom, built during the second half of the First Dynasty. The rounded structure consists of double adjacent mud-brick walls, each 95 cm thick, with the interior 7 m in diameter. Close to the rounded building a unique ceramic big stamp with hieroglyphs was discovered” – via The Ministry of Antiquities on Facebook.

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