Pharaonic sandstone sarcophagus uncovered in Aswan


An Egyptian archeological mission working at the Aga Khan site in Aswan’s west bank have discovered a sculpted sandstone sarcophagus, containing an intact mummy wrapped in linen.

Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa al-Waziri announced in a Tuesday statement that the sarcophagus was unearthed in a cemetery dating to the Late Period of ancient Egypt.

Waziri added that mission also uncovered pottery coffin remains, fragments of stone tablets, and pieces of a wooden coffin with hieroglyphic inscriptions recorded in vertical rows.

Director General of Aswan Antiquities Abdel Moneim Saeed said that during the archaeological cleaning inside the cemetery several more mummies were found buried in a haphazard manner, implying this may have been a communal mass-burial site.

He added that after excavation work was finalized, the mission also a sandstone statue head, a collection of amulets and a wooden statue of the god Horus.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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