NEWS: Three Ptolemaic tombs found in Al-Kamin Al-Sahrawi

“During excavation work carried out at Al-Kamin Al-Sahrawi area, south east of Samalout Town in Al-Menia Governorate,an Egyptian archaeological mission from the Ministry of Antiquities discovered three Ptolemaic tombs.

Dr. Ayman Ashmawy, Head of the Ancient Egyptian Antiquities Sector at the Ministry explains that inside these tombs, excavators have unearthed a collection of sarcophagi of different shapes and sizes as well as clay fragments that date the tombs between the 27th Dynasty and the Greaco-Roman era. 

“A fact suggests that the area was a great cemetery along a long span of time,” asserted Dr. Ashmawy who describes the discovery as “very important” because it reveals more secrets of Al-Kamil Al-Sahrawi archaeological site,”He added that along the previous excavation work the mission succeeded to uncover about 20 tombs designed in Catacombs architecture, which was wide spread during the 27th dynasty and the Greaco-Roman time.

Ali Al- Bakry Head of the mission explains that the three newly discovered tombs have a different architecture design than the previously discovered ones. The first tomb is composed of a perpendicular burial shaft engraved in the rock and leads to a burial chamber containing four sarcophagi with anthropoid lids. Nine burial holes were also uncovered.

The second tomb consists of a perpendicular burial shaft and two burial chambers. the first chamber is located to the north, where remains of two sarcophagi are found suggesting that it was the burial of two people. A collection of 6 holes for burial were also found among them one was the burial of a small child.

“This was the first time to find a burial of a child in kamin Al-Sahrawi site,” Al-Bakry said adding that the second room is located at the end of the shaft and does not contain anything except of remains of a wooden coffin.

Excavation Works at the third tomb has not finished yet.

Al-Bakry pointed out that studies carried out on bones found show that the bones are for men, women and children of different ages, a fact affirms that these tombs was part of a large cemetery for a large city and not a military garrisons as some suggest.

The first excavation mission started in 2015 when the mission unearthed a collection of five sarcophagi of different shapes and sizes as well as remains of a wooden sarcophagus. The second session starts in October 2016 where five tombs were uncovered.

Four of them have similar interior design while the fifth consists of a burial shaft.

Works are under way in order to reveal more secrets.” – MOA press release 15/8/2017 (via The EEF).


2 comments on “NEWS: Three Ptolemaic tombs found in Al-Kamin Al-Sahrawi

  1. Thank you Gemma for sharing your extremely important news. It seems never ending where new things are being discovered in Egypt. Always very exciting to read about.

  2. Great Gemma, thanks for sharing.

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