A wall painting, dating back over 4,300 years, has been discovered in a tomb located just east of the Great Pyramid of Giza.
The painting shows vivid scenes of life, including boats sailing south on the Nile River, a bird hunting trip in a marsh and a man named Perseneb who’s shown with his wife and dog.
While Giza is famous for its pyramids, the site also contains fields of tombs that sprawl to the east and west of the Great Pyramid. These tombs were created for private individuals who held varying degrees of rank and power during the Old Kingdom (2649-2150 B.C.), the age when the Giza pyramids were built. Read more.
Some of the earliest evidence of a human parasite infection has been unearthed in an ancient burial site in Syria.
The egg of a parasite that still infects people today was found in the burial plot of a child who lived 6,200 years ago in an ancient farming community.
"We found the earliest evidence for a parasite [that causes] Schistosomiasis in humans,” said study co-author Dr. Piers Mitchell, a biological anthropologist at the University of Cambridge in England. The oldest Schistosoma egg found previously, in Egyptian mummies, was dated to 5,200 years ago. Read more.
Archaeologists working in the Tambo Valley in the southern region of Arequipa recently discovered a tomb built by members of the Tiahuanaco culture.
El Comercio reports that a team of archaeologists from Wroclaw University and Poland and the Universidad Católica de Santa Maria in Arequipa found the tomb near the town of Punta de Bombon. Though the tomb had apparently been looted by antiquities traders, investigators were able to recover human remains as well as several other significant artifacts.
According to El Comercio, two artifacts found by the team are especially important for archaeologists’ understanding of the Tiahuanaco people: a funerary bundle and a ceramic ceremonial offering. Read more.
Minister of Antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim has explained the context behind a tomb recently rediscovered in Luxor by a Spanish archaeological mission.
The tomb was first discovered in 1904 by Sir Robert Mond, but Mond didn’t describe the tomb’s architectural style or identify its occupant. The tomb was then abandoned and became buried beneath the sands. Egyptologists looked for it subsequently, but their efforts failed.
"It is a very mysterious tomb," asserted Ibrahim, adding that the name of the tomb had changed several times since being mentioned in A Topographical Catalogue of the Private Tombs of Thebes, by Alan Gardiner and Arthur Weigall, published in 1913.
The occupant was first known as “Hatashemro.” Then in the 1950s, he was mentioned as “Seremhatrekhyt.” Later studies revealed that Seremhatrekhyt was a title and not the occupant’s name. Read more.
On Monday, Minister of Antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim said that the Spanish archaeological mission discovered a tomb of a senior statesman from ancient Egypt’s eleventh dynasty in the Zeraa Abul Naga district of Luxor.
Ibrahim added that the tomb consists of a well-carved square burial chamber.
He said that the discovery was made while exploring one of three wells that date back to the seventeenth dynasty.
Ali al-Asfar, head of the Egyptian Antiquities Department, said the tomb could have been used as a cache as it contained a large number of human relics.
Also, tools and pottery, dating back to the seventeenth dynasty, were found in it, which implies that the tomb was reused six dynasties later. (source)
An archaeological dig conducted by Queensland University in 2014, in the location of Mouttes in Alambra, in Nicosia District, has confirmed the existence of an ancient settlement revealing remains of buildings and tombs dating back to the Bronze Age.
The research conducted during 2014 is the continuation of the work that had been conducted by the Australian mission at the same site during 2012, a Department of Antiquities press release says.
It is further noted that the site “had been identified as preserving the remains of an Early and Middle Bronze Age settlement already since the 19th century”. Read more.
A recently discovered tomb at a key Egyptian settlement has yielded the largest trove of artifacts ever found in a tomb there—including a young man’s burned and scattered bones—and is shedding new light on the ancestors of the pharaohs.
Part of a cemetery complex that predates the formation of the ancient Egyptian state, the find is one of the richest “predynastic” burials archaeologists have ever seen.
The tomb, at the site known as Hierakonpolis, yielded 54 objects, including combs, spearheads, arrowheads, and a figurine made of hippopotamus ivory. Arrayed around the tomb are dozens more burials, including possible human sacrifices and exotic animals. Read more.
THREE burial chambers estimated to be from the late Hellenistic period were accidentally discovered on Tuesday afternoon in a plot in Ayios Silas in Limassol.
The tomb came to light when during landscaping works, an excavator hit the roof of a cave which collapsed and revealed skeletal remains, amphorae and coins.
The Antiquities Department was notified by the police.
So far, amphorae, seven skeletal remains and other small items were found. According to Yiannis Violaris, archaeologist of the Antiquities Department’s Limassol District, the tomb is estimated to be from the late Hellenistic period, between the second and first centuries BC, while modern day items which were found in the tomb are attributed to a probable older collapse of the roof. Read more.