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Greco-Roman Tomb Uncovered in West Aswan

The tomb was built for multiple families, and contains many artefacts in uncommonly good condition.

During an excavation near the Mausoleum of Aga Khan just west of Aswan, an Egyptian-Italian archaeological mission uncovered a Greco-Roman rock-cut tomb, containing many coffins and artefacts in surprisingly good condition.


The tomb consists of two parts: a rectangular building above the ground with an entrance, built out of sandstone blocks and covered by a vault of mud bricks, and a rectangular courtyard carved out of stone containing four burial chambers.


According to Dr. Patrizia Piacentini, one of the heads of the mission and a Professor at the University of Milan, the tomb was built for multiple families. The artefacts within the tomb include a variety of stone panels with hieroglyphics, a copper necklace with Greek writing engraved on it, wooden statues and parts of a coloured cartonnage, which is a material used to create funerary masks.