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Old Kingdom tombs at Giza Plateau in good condition: Plateau director

Giza Plateau Director Ashraf Mohi dismissed claims that the tomb of a fifth dynasty official had been damaged

Nevine El-Aref , Sunday 10 Jul 2016
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The ceiling of Rawer tomb
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Giza Plateau Director Ashraf Mohi asserted to Ahram Online that the tomb of the fifth dynasty official Rawer is in good condition and dismissed claims that its ceiling had collapsed.

Mohi said that most of the tomb’s walls and ceilings are not authentic, as the structure was in a partial state of preservation when first discovered in 1929 by Egyptian Egyptologist Selim Hassa.

Most of the tomb’s walls and ceilings were later added as part of a comprehensive conservation project in the 1990s.

Two chapels were the only intact parts of the tomb when it was initially discovered.

The first chapel includes of a number of engravings showing the deceased in different positions alongside deities and family members, while the second holds a large statue of the tomb’s owner.

Mohi also dismissed claims that the ceiling of the tomb of Old Kingdom government official Seshem Nefer at the Giza Plateau has been painted in plastic polish, describing the reports as unfounded and adding that the tomb is in good condition.

Mohi pointed out that only 40 percent of Seshem Nefer’s tomb is authentic, which includes limestone pillars and wall engravings. The rest of the tomb, including the walls and ceiling, is a replica added during the 1990s plateau development project.

Mohi asserted that both tombs would be officially inaugurated soon.

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Seshem Nefer tomb

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