El-Muzawaka tombs (Dakhleh oasis) restored


Nevine El-Aref reports, on the Al Ahram Weekly website, that the El-Muzawaka necropolis in Dakhleh oasis has been restored and will soon be re-opened to the public.   Of the 300 rock-cut tombs only two were painted, those of Petosiris and Sadosiris, and these are distinctive, mixing Egyptian and Roman themes.  These have been the most visited of the tombs and have suffered from humidy leading to damage to the highly coloured paintings.  Closed since 1922 the recent restoration work has been accompanied by a site management plan which includes the building of a small visitor centre.

I was there in 2002 and several of the other rock cut tombs,  of all shapes and sizes, still contained their original occupants – desiccated skeletons denuded of their wrappings, including one of a child.  When I revisted in late 2007 they had been moved.

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