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New Kingdom tombs found on Nile river island

Four rock-cut tombs dating back to the New Kingdom period in Egypt have been found on Elephantine Island in the Nile. 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

Earliest depiction of a pharaoh rediscovered in Egypt

Archaeologists in Egypt have recognized some rock art found near the Nile River 100 years ago as being the oldest known depiction of a pharaoh. The royal figure at the center of the panel wears the "White Crown," the bowling pin-shaped headpiece that symbolized kingship of southern Egypt, and carries a

The oldest rock art in Egypt

A new dating technology known as optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) has been employed to date some Egyptian petroglyphs found on the east bank of the Nile. They were found to be 15,000 years old, making them the oldest rock art in Egypt. In 2008, an interdisciplinary team of scientists directed by

Egyptian rock art found

5,200-year-old rock art depicting a royal festival during Ancient Egypt's earliest dynasty has been found on the banks of the nile river. Antiquities chief Zahi Hawass said in a statement Monday the scenes represent the first unearthing of a complete drawing of a royal festival during Dynasty Zero, when the earliest

Ancient mega-lake identified in Egyptian desert

Apparently the deserts of western Egypt were once home to a large mega-lake fed by the Nile River's earliest annual floods. Fossil fish and space shuttle radar images have defined the bed and drainage channels of the long lost lake, which at times was larger than Lake Michigan, stretching as

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