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New cemetery discovered in Lisht village

Cemetery’s owner not identified yet, as cemetery has no inscriptions or signs

An Egyptian archaeological mission discovered a new cemetery near the Senusret I Pyramid at Lisht village in Cairo, known for having Middle Kingdom royal and elite burials, according to the Ministry of Antiquities.

The rock cemetery was found 300 meters north east the pyramid. It was discovered as a part of archaeological digging held by the ministry in the area.

Adel Okasha, the head of the Central Administration for Cairo and Giza Antiquities explained that the cemetery is carved inside the rocky edge of the mountain in the area.

He explained that the discovered parts consists of two parts; the first one, is a long opened yard that leads into an isle with a dome shaped ceiling which has Hieroglyphics on it.

The owner of the cemetery has not been identified yet, as the cemetery has no inscriptions or signs. However, the ministry stated that the mission is keeping the cemetery under study to figure the identity of its owner.

The second part of the cemetery is the burial chamber, located in the open yard of the cemetery. The 3 meter depth chamber has an isle that leads to the first burial room and also the mission discovered an empty limestone tomb as well. The room has access to a second one, in which another limestone tomb was also found empty. 

The mission is currently working on restoring the needed parts of the cemetery.

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