Vorberichte/Preliminary Reports: Preliminary report on the investigation of a late period tomb with aramaic inscription at el-Sheikh Fadl/Egypt

E. Christiana Köhler, Delphine Driaux, Sylvie Marchand, Tawny Holm, Arianne Capirci

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This article provides a brief summary of archaeological fieldwork conducted by the University of Vienna Middle Egypt Project at el-Sheikh Fadl Umm Raqaba with a special focus on one particular Late Period tomb, A2 Tl. Having been discovered by Flinders Petrie in the early 20th century, this rock-cut tomb is of special interest because of a lengthy Aramaic dipinto inscription with a literary text telling the tale of the Egyptian rebel Inaros who fought against the Assyrian occupation during the 7th century BCE. The tomb was fully excavated for the first time by the Austrian mission in 2016 and 2017. Significant and substantial new evidence was uncovered including large quantities of human remains and artefacts that provide insights into the ancient occupation of the tomb as well as its dating. Importantly, the Aramaic inscription and the underlying original painted decoration of the tomb were subject to intensive new study that included first-hand confirmation of the reading of the rebel 's name as ynhrw being the Aramaic form of the Egyptian name 'ir.t-hr-r.r=w (Greek Ináros). Further, the inscription and decorations were recorded with the assistance of Multispectral Imaging (MSI) technology which enabled to counterbalance degeneration and modern graffiti to enhance better reading. The first results of this new archaeological work would suggest that the tomb itself probably dates somewhat later than had been previously suggested, which, nevertheless, opens up new possibilities to explain the significance and provide an interpretation for this unusual inscription as well as for the tomb, the site and the region surrounding el-Sheikh Fadl.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)55-84
Number of pages30
JournalAgypten und Levante
StatePublished - 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Archaeology
  • History
  • Archaeology


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