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East Aswan inhabitants have accidentally stumbled upon what is believed to be a set of rock-hewn tombs on Elephantine Island, which displays a wide range of monuments from the prehistoric period to the Greco-Roman era.

Minister of Antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim told Ahram Online on Monday that early studies on the tombs’ wall paintings reveal that they are dated to the New Kingdom era, which makes a very important discovery that may change the history of Elephantine Island.

Ali El-Asfar, head of the Ancient Egyptian Antiquities section, explains that the first tomb belongs to a top official in Elephantine named User who was a prince of Elephantine during the New Kingdom. Read more.

Archaeologists working on a Wari complex in Peru’s central Andean region of Ayacucho said they may have found 1,000-year-old mausoleums, daily Peru.21 reported.

Archaeologist Martha Cabrera said specialists have uncovered two underground galleries at the complex, which is located in the district of Quinua in the Huamanga province.

The first gallery is 15 meters long, 1.4 meters wide and about 1.75 meters tall, Cabrera said. The other gallery is about 8.5 meters long.

The archaeologist said that they found remains that suggest the complexes were collective burial sites for elite members of the Wari civilization. Read more.

Archaeologists have unearthed about 300 pieces of cultural relics from a cluster of ancient tombs in north China’s Hebei Province.

The tombs, located in Beidazhao Qiandong village of Nanhe County, 150 km south of the provincial capital of Shijiazhuang, are believed to be from the middle and late West Han Dynasty (206 BC- 24 AD) and middle Tang Dynasty (618-907), archaeologist Li Lianshen was quoted as saying by state-run Xinhua news agency.

Archaeologists have discovered 73 tombs altogether since the excavation started in May and more than 4,000 square meters of land have been combed through, Li said. Read more.

Archaeologists found richly equipped burials during excavations in Burdąg, Warmia and Mazury . One of them contained, among others, silver breastplate, carefully crafted belt elements, necklace of glass beads, silver fibulae.

The discovery was reported to PAP by the project leader Dr. Mirosław Rudnicki from the Institute of Archaeology, University of Łódź.

"These finds here are quite a surprise. Excavations have changed the image of the site that, in the light of previous studies, was considered quite poor" - the archaeologist did not hide his surprise. Read more.

Construction in the southeastern province of Mardin’s Midyat district has unearthed ancient rock tombs that are believed to date from the pagan era between the third and second centuries B.C.

The tombs were discovered during construction works that were being conducted to enlarge a road heading to a tent city erected for Syrian refugees.

A total of four rock tombs were initially discovered, but subsequent excavation work at Mor İbraham Church and other venues revealed an additional 11 tombs, some with human skeletons. Read more.

WUHAN (Xinhua) — A painted bronze pot has been unearthed from a cluster of tombs in central China’s Hubei Province, marking the first discovery of painted bronze in an a dynasty about 3,000 years ago, archaeologists said Monday.

Researchers are still excavating the Yejiashan Graveyard in the city of Suizhou. The graveyard is believed to have been used to bury the lords of the Zeng State during the early Western Zhou Dynasty (1046-771 BC).

Zhang Changping, a professor at the School of History at Wuhan University, said the discovery of the pot will help researchers better understand changes in aesthetic preference that occurred during the Western Zhou Dynasty. Read more.

BELGRADE — The skeletal remains of ancient warriors with spears and daggers have been uncovered in an archeological site during the construction of the Corridor 10 highway project in south-east Serbia.

According to experts the remains date back 2,500 years and were found in the ancient district of Pirot named Suburbium where the ancient Roman road, Via Militaris, headed to what is now the border of modern day Bulgaria.

”We have found three skeletal remains of warriors with spears, daggers and bronze ornaments, and decorations of various kinds,” said Mirjana Blagojevic, archeologist from Serbia’s institute for the protection of cultural patrimony.

It was particularly significant because for the first time ever, archeologists have uncovered the entire corpse compared to previous archeological finds where the remains were buried after cremation. (source)

Chinese archaeologists have started excavating a cluster of 2500-year-old tombs on the Pamirs Plateau that imply Sun worshipping.

The tombs were found in Xinjiang’s Taxkorgan Tajik Autonomous county, a border region neighboring Afghanistan and Pakistan, in 2007, and the arrangement is a new mystery on the crossroads of the ancient Silk Road.

Eights tombs, each two meters in diameter, were arranged on a 100-meter-long and 50-meter-wide platform, with lines of black stones and lines of white stones stretching alongside like Sun rays, according to the archaeology team with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Read more.