CAIRO: A new archeological tomb dating back to the pre-dynastic era was discovered in the Nekhen area, also known as Hieraconpolis, in Edfu City in Aswan, announced the Minister of Antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim on Tuesday.
The tomb dates back to 500 years before Badarian period, during the era of King Narmer, the unifier of Egypt and founder the First Dynasty. The tomb includes a mummy and small ivory statue depicting a man with a beard, Ibrahim added in a press statement.
The tomb discovered following excavation work carried out by the British Hieraconpolis Expedition mission and the Ministry of Antiquities office in Hieraconpolis, added the minister, who said the new discovery will reveal new information about the beliefs and funeral rituals and life during this period.
Head of the Egyptian antiquities sector Ali al-Asfar clarified that the 32-centimeter high ivory statue is unique and it could represent the tomb owner or for one of the protection goddesses.
According to the initial inspection, the mummy reveals that the owner of the tomb died at an early age, maybe between 17 to 20-years old, Asfar added.
Ten ivory combs and a number of weapons were also found inside the tomb, said head of the British director of the Hieraconpolis Expedition Renee Friedman.
According to Friedman’s official website, Hieraconpolis was the largest urban place along the Nile before the pyramids were built and there are numerous cemeteries throughout the area.
On March 5, a new Pharaonic tomb was discovered in west Luxor, and is believed to belong to a man named Maey who lived in the 18th century, Minister of Antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim said Tuesday.