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The cemetery is carved on the rocky side of a mountain. Photo Credit: Ministry of Antiquities Facebook Page.
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by Archaeology Newsroom

Ancient stone cemetery of unknown owner was discovered in Egypt

At a site of Middle Kingdom elite and royal burials

Archaeologists excavating in Egypt have uncovered a stone cemetery of an unknown owner about 300 metres away from the pyramid of King Senusert I. The cemetery was found in Lisht, Cairo, a site of Middle kingdom royal and elite burials. The announcement was made on Wednesday by the Egyptian Antiquities Minister.

The cemetery is carved on rock and comprises two areas, as Adel Okasha, director of the Central Department of Antiquities of Cairo and Giza announced. The first area is an open yard leading to a vaulted corridor and the second a burial crypt in the open yard, in front of the cemetery.

The yard bears a small compartment on the western side, where traces of inscriptions are preserved, while the vaulted corridor bears hieroglyphs. Restoration work has already started on that part by the Department of Fine Restoration.

The crypt has an area of 100×80 centimetres and is about 3 metres deep, with a passage on the western side to the first burial chamber. An entrance on the southern side leads to chambers which will be excavated in the next season. In each chamber archaeologists found an empty limestone tomb.

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