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Ancient cave with distinguished engravings depicting scenes of animals discovered in Sinai

The cave is the first of its kind in the area of Wadi Al-Zulma in ​​North Sinai

Nevine El-Aref , Sunday 26 Apr 2020
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An ancient cave decorated with distinguished engravings depicting scenes of animals has been discovered at Wadi Al-Zulma in ​​North Sinai.

"The newly discovered cave is the first of its kind to be discovered in the area,” said Aymen Ashmawi, head of the ancient Egyptian antiquities sector at the Ministry of Antiquities.

Ashmawi explained that the scenes carved inside the cave are completely different from those found in South Sinai, having a special artistic style that resembles raised relief in execution.

Studies are underway to determine their date.

Hisham Hussein, head of the discovery mission, said that most of the discovered scenes are carved along the cave’s inner walls and depict animals, including camels, deer, mules, mountain goats and donkeys.

The remains of circular stone buildings have been discovered around 200 metres southwest of the cave. These likely constitute the remains of an ancient settlement. 

Ancient cave

Ancient cave

Ancient cave

Ancient cave

Ancient cave

Ancient cave

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