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The paintings depicted on the walls are dedicated to Baqet II.
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by Archaeology Newsroom

Finds during cleaning work at Beni Hassan necropolis

Egyptian-Australian archaeological mission

An Egyptian-Australian archaeological mission from Macquarie University, led by Dr. Naguib Kanawati, uncovered the burial chambers of the two Middle Kingdom elites, named Remochetni and Baqet II during cleaning work carried out inside their
burial shafts in the Beni Hassan Necropolis of the El-Minya Governorate.
Dr. Mostafa Waziri General Secretary of the Supreme Council of Antiquities announced and explains that the mission has started its work on site since 2009, and has succeed to
uncover these burial chambers during the last week of its current archaeological season.
Dr. Ayman Ashmawi, Head of the Ancient Egyptian Antiquities Sector said that the burial shaft of Remochetni tomb is 17.5m deep and leads to a chamber with a second  burial
shaft, which is 3m deep, that slopes downward to reach the tomb’s main burial chamber. It is an empty chamber with a rectangular shaped pit, probably used to erect the sarcophagus, which was presumably removed by British Egyptologist “Percy E. Newberry”
who worked in Beni Hassan during the end of the 19th century.
Dr. Ashmawi pointed out that the burial chamber has two small side chambers at its eastern and wester corners and they house a number of food containers made of clay.
On his part, Gamal Elsemestawy General Director of Middle Egypt Antiquities Department said that the mission has also uncovered the top edge of Baqet II’s burial chamber as well as other sided chambers. It has the  same architectural design of those
burial chambers found in Remochenti tomb.
The mission has also found paintings on the walls depicting coloured scenes in a good condition of preservation as well as a number of pottery vessels.
Dr. Naguib Kanawati Head of the Misssion said that as the work season is coming to an end, the mission has blocked the entrance of the chambers by rubble to protect it.
The mission will resume work in January 2019  in order to clean, restore and study the wall paintings as well as fully document the shafts and its burial chambers.

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1. Ministry of Antiquities