A complex of six ancient tombs equipped with sarcophogi, mummies and several artifacts thought to be more than 2,500 years old has been unearthed in Aswan.
According to a statement issued by the Antiquities Ministry on its official webpage on Sunday, the tombs most likely date back to the 26th Dynasty (664-525 BC), which ruled over the country during the Late Period of Ancient Egypt.
The site was reportedly discovered by a team of archaeologists working along Aswan’s western bank of the Nile River, within ancient cemetery grounds located by the shrine of Agha Khan.
The Antiquities Ministry claimed that the discovery is “of great importance,” as these are the first tombs from the Late Period to be discovered in these burial grounds. The site primarily contains the remains of royals and noblemen dating from the Old Kingdom to the New Kingdom.
The mummified owners of these six tombs have not yet been identified, according to the ministry.
Each burial site has a 30-step entrance leading down into the tomb, each of which consists of three or four chambers, said Nasr Salama, the general director of artefacts in Aswan and Nubia. There are reportedly no murals or engravings on the walls of these tombs.
Wooden and stone sarcophagi were found in the chambers, along with statues of falcons and colorful amulets said to represent the four sons of the falcon-headed god Horus.
The number of artifacts present at the site is striking, according to Hassan Mostafa, the chief archaeologist presiding over the mission, as grave robbers have looted tombs in the area for centuries.
Further studies and investigations are said to be underway in hopes of identifying the owners of these six tombs, and to shed further light upon the lives they led.